Cricket bat willow

Salix alba var.caerulea

Description:
Cricket bat willow
Facts:

This willow which seems to epitomise Englishness is actually an introduction from Asia. It actually produces wood more suited to cricket bat manufacture when grown under UK conditions.

It was introduced into the UK at around the same period in the early 1700s when cricket evolved as a game.

Often grown in stands along riverbanks it is a common sight in many areas of the UK.

Introduced:

Early 18th Century
Origin:
South East Asia
Location:
Throughout UK particularly the south-east of England
Status:
Commercially cultivated
Problems:
Comments:
None reported