FREE P&P on ALL plants - use code FREEPP20 in your basket

Cricket Bat Willow

Key Data
Soil Wet
Type Native, Screening

Free Delivery
Online orders over £60*

12 Month

On all orders

Please CLICK on the required size below (even if only one option is available).

SIZES 1-9 10-4950-249250-9991000+
60/80 cm Not Available this Season £2.34Not Available this Season£1.56Not Available this Season£1.26Not Available this Season£1.02Not Available this Season£0.78

Out of Stock



  Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar


  In Season   Out of season

Salix Alba 'Caerulea' Hedging

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.

See our selection of willow hedging plants or view our full range of hedging.

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.

Hi, just a note to let you know that we do use cookies for our web site. They are used to help us determine what our customers really want and therefore to give them the best service they deserve. We also use cookies to enable you to buy products from us online and do so in a convenient and secure manner.

Thank you, The Ashridge Nurseries Team.

Back to top

Leave us a message!