Salix Alba Caerulea
Even the Cricket Bat Willow, Salix alba Caerulea, is a native tree that’s common on the coast and is world known as being the ideal willow for producing cricket bats. It tends to produce an erect, conical crown and conveys its thin leaves over the lengthy, whip-like stems which are average of willow trees. In autumn, the leaves turn a marginally sooty but still rich yellow. Cricket Bat Willows create little green and yellow catkins just after the leaves appear in spring and these have some ornamental significance on the tree, although they look really fantastic within a screen of cut flowers. Willows support a wide range of caterpillars and are among the best trees you can plant to promote butterflies. .
Cricket Bat Willow trees can attain a height of approximately 20 metres. Standard trees would be the most significant size which we provide; you may also purchase younger Cricket Bat Willow plants.
How Standard Trees are Measured: All our standards, are rated by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (essentially, their trunk waist measurement). They are not measured by their elevation, which will change. Thus, a 6/8 normal comes with a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres along with an 8/10 normal has a back 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to your tree’s final elevation. Standard trees are 2.5 – 4.5 meters tall (on average) if they arrive; they are definitely the most mature trees which it is possible to purchase from us.
History & uses of Salix alba Caerulea: The first tree, an odd female white willow, has been found about 300 years back in Norfolk and has been cloned ever since to provide the cricket bat sector – one tree is generally good for producing twenty five or thirty bats. This lone tree can now be found all over England, which is a good example of how a tree’s usefulness to humans can drastically change its own fortunes. The same attributes which make this wood so good for cricket bats also make it ideal to be used in synthetic limbs. The young stems are also great for making wicker things and coppicing that the tree every year or two will promote it to create lots of useful material.