Cricket Bat Willow Trees | Salix alba 'Caerulea' | Bareroot Saplings
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Cricket Bat Willow, Salix alba Caerulea, is a vigorous, tidy native tree. Ideal for wet soil, it also grows near the coast.
Cricket Bat Willow is not suitable for a clipped hedge.
It can be grown as a screening tree up to about 20 metres high.
The plants on this page are young saplings. You can also buy larger Cricket Bat Willow trees here.
Browse all of our other varieties of Willow trees & hedging for sale.
Cricket Bat Willow plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
All of our young trees and shrubs are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
General description of Salix alba Caerulea plants:
Commonly found growing wild on the coast, Salix alba Caerulea is world famous as the "only" wood for a proper cricket bat. An upright tree with a conical crown, the Cricket Bat Willow has attractive, narrow silvery leaves on long stems that hang from the main branches.
In autumn, the leaves turn a slightly sooty but still rich yellow.
Cricket Bat Willows have male and female trees, both with quite small yellow catkins. These are good for bees, as they appear in mid spring when the population of the hives is increasing.
History & uses of Salix alba Caerulea
This tree is an upright mutant of white willow. It was found in Norfolk around the year 1700 and was declared to be the supreme wood for a cricket bat. Cuttings from this original tree have been propagated ever since. Its main advantage is that it can easily be made to grow a very straight stem, unlike other willows which tend to wobble a bit. Each bat has to be carefully cut with its face along the radius of the trunk: a slight deviation and the bat is considered useless for a serious cricketer.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £9.49 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
You can choose the delivery week that suits you during checkout and we will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.