Weeping willow and hanging kitten willow

The Content Of The Article:

Weeping willow and hanging kitten willow: weeping

The real weeping willow (Salix babylonica) grows fast and luxuriant. Even in large gardens it will be necessary to put them in their place once a year. With its natural growth width of more than 10 meters and its dense foliage, it can quickly dominate the entire garden. How modest, however, are the varieties of the hanging kitten pastures (Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock', 'Pendula'), therefore. With an annual cut, they promote a dense, beautiful crown with hanging branches full of kittens in spring.

Hanging Kitten Willow (Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock', 'Pendula')

The hanging kitten pastures are a refinement of the Sal willow (Salix caprea). From this many attractive ornamental trees and trees have emerged, which give a beautiful figure in the field and in pots. Of course they are especially attractive in spring, for humans and bees alike. The refining station is located above the trunk. Therefore, the hanging kitten pasture in height is no longer grow and 1 to 2 m (depending on the refining) high. Even in the trunk diameter, it will not grow significantly. Only the shoots get an annual increase of 30 to 50 cm.

Location, care

They are also easy to care for, the hanging kitten pastures. They grow on normal soil and only need it a bit damp. The location can be sunny to partially shaded. An eye-catcher for small front gardens. There it is easy to combine with some spring flowers from the onion. In winter, only the pussy willow in the bucket need protection against the frost.


If the hanging kitten pasture is not pruned, the individual branches branch out increasingly and grow ever closer to the ground. The inner branches are blunted, as the leaves can no longer operate photosynthesis. The older the branches are, the less kitties will bloom.
To keep the crown of the hanging cat willow nicely compact, it needs a regular cut. In no case are they pruned like other shrubs and trees in February. It would be a shame to all the beautiful, velvety kittens. First, humans and bees should enjoy flowering right up to the end. But then it can start right away.
All flower spikes are cut back to a maximum of four eyes. Through the pruning of the new outcrop is promoted, so there are next year again many catkins on the branches. The branches branch out again next year. It is important to radically cut back the inner branches. Since the cat willow is very vigorous, otherwise arises over time a confusing crown. The inner branches grind and lignify, as the leaves are no longer light.
rejuvenation pruning
If the tree is already overgrown, because inside the crown many dead branches are living their existence, only a radical cut will help. Do not worry, all grape varieties are extremely vigorous and cut tolerant. Just remove all dead branches completely. Next year it will be reissued and also the kittens, or flowers, will sprout lush and big on the branches again.
Tip: A closure of the wound, as is sometimes seen in public trees, is not necessary even after a radical pruning. Although it protects against diseases, but at the same time carries the risk of fouling through the seal. For healthy trees so better not use.

Weeping willow (Salix babylonica)

Willow - Salix

Who does not know them, the mighty giant trees that are often close to water in parks and whose drooping branches promise some privacy. Weeping willows grow fast and up to 20 meters high. Good 15 meters they can go in the width. They are 80 to 100 years of age, compared to other trees, not even so old.

Location, care

Weeping willows love to stand on a bank of water, on the shore. Who can not offer this location, should pay attention to a sufficient water supply throughout the year. The weeping willow is one of the few trees and plants that can even tolerate waterlogging. As a special challenge, a weeping willow can also be cultivated in the tub. The vessel must be wider than high, since the Salix babylonica are Flachwurzler. Of course, then every year a radical cutback is due.
Tip: Anyone planting weeping willows on their property should keep a minimum distance of around 20 meters to the house and fence of the neighbor. As a rootworm, he conquers not only the airspace, but also the ground in full.


A weeping willow, in the wild, can grow as it pleases and will not lose any of its magic.The garden looks different. The good news, when pruning you can not do much wrong. The vigorous weeping willow forgives almost everything and drives every year again diligently. For the weeping willow, the early spring is the perfect time for the cut.
  • the cut is done from outside to inside, from bottom to top
  • remove all sick, dry branches
  • Remove cross-growing branches
  • If necessary, the actual treetop can now be trimmed
  • in a shape cut, the desired branches are cut by two-thirds
  • the cut is oblique, always a few millimeters above an outward-facing eye
  • When cutting, do not lose sight of the harmony of the crown
  • Smooth larger cuts, then no tree wax will be needed

bucket Culture

Of course, the weeping willow in the tub culture is treated quite differently. As? Basically very rabid. Radical cuts always promote growth, but what else is left? It is similar, as in a bonsai, only a little coarser. When repotting, always the roots can be trimmed something.
In these growth-loving representatives of the genus Salix, even beginners can dare to make a formal or radical cutting. However, if you miss the cut, it brings, at least in the small hanging cat willow, for a rich flowering. By the way, the cut does not belong in the green bin. Chopped it is a valuable addition to the compost. Its wood contains acetylsalicylic acid, which has an immune-stimulating effect on plants and makes them stress-resistant (reminder: willow bark, the substance from the ASA).

Video Board: The Willow Maid - Erutan (katethegreat19).

© 2019 EN.Garden-Landscape.com. All Rights Reserved. When Copying Materials - The Reverse Link Is Required | Site Map