Salix caprea 'Pendula' is dwarf, weeping tree with dark green leaves with grey-green undersides. In mid- to late spring, the bare branches are covered in golden male catkins, which look superb in cut-flower arrangements. An ideal tree for the small garden or even planted in a large pot on the patio. It will not grow very tall, but will thicken right out year on year to provide an ever better show.
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
Full sun, Partial shade
North-facing, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing
Sheltered or Exposed
Moist but well-drained
Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
Ultimate height: 1.2 ? 2.5 metres
Ultimate spread: 1.2 ? 2.5 metres
Time to Ultimate size: About 10 ? 20 Years
How to grow
Grow moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun
Allow young Weeping Pussy Willow tree to grow unpruned for the first year. This will give it the time it needs to develop a natural shape. From then on you can prune damaged, or diseased branches at any time of the year. To encourage a clear stem, prune the lower branches in winter.