"Willow Blue" it's Australian for English Willow!

What you need to know about Willow Blue

Cricket Bat Willow Growing Season


What is Willow Blue Timber

Willow Blue is "English Willow" (Salix Alba Caerulea) and the progeny dates back to 1902. This means it retains the original characteristic of the progeny, that other Willow Merchants have not seen or used for 70 years... nor do they understand the unique qualities of the timber grown in the Southern Hemisphere.

Willow Blue timber comes from our farm near Sale, from growers in Strzelecki Ranges near Mirboo and from our A.C. MacLaren Plantation on the Yarra River and Watts River flats.

Willow Blue timber is our guarantee your bat will hold tremendous rebound qualities providing value for stroke play.

We call our English Willow, "Blue Willow" because our willow is grown in the Southern Hemisphere provide so many environmental and socio-economic and playing benefits that we wanted to put some distance between our product and that of our competitors. 

So we have turned the wording around and called it "Willow Blue".

What makes the best bats?

Everyone has an opinion and claim to have the best bats from the finest selected English Willow... Willow Blue rootstock was selected by Archie MacLaren the great English Test Captain who held the highest fiirst class score of 424 until Australian Test Batsman Bill Ponsford scored 426 unsing a bat made from the timber MacLaren had selected to be grown in Australis...if its not Willow Blue it could be anything from anywhere!

When choosing your bat you should consider this! 

You can be certain... as a cricketer who must pay for his or her bat, you would be very lucky to find timber that would be made available to the elite or sponsored players unless if is Willow Blue!

So when it comes to the "Aesthetics" of a bat that is a personal choice? 

How big does a cricket bat tree grow? 

80 feet PLUS 

Is the tree deciduous? 

What colour are the leaves? 
Another name for the tree is Blue Willow and with the help of wind the leaves appear aqua blue. 

What sex is a cricket bat tree? 

Where does it grow best? 
Fertile river flats,

How long before harvest? 
A tree will take 20 - 24 years to grow depending on the site and planting. 

How many bats per tree? 
22 - 50 bats per tree 

What about pests? 
Salix Sawfly, Borers, Giant Willow Aphids, Man or Hash climatic conditions (sunburn)

What about up keep? 
The tree requires de budding 2 or three times a year, weed control, mulching and spot spraying 

What about growing Willow Blue on Hills?
Yes! it can be done but you will need our advice

What is the growing season? 
September to March 

Who do you sell your timber to other Bat Makers?
We only sell to accredited Willow Blue Bat Makers in Australia (Those who have qualified from our Bat Making Course) or we export to international Bat Companies). 

Are you involved or linked with any other cricket bat willow growing project in Australia? 
The Australian Cricket Willow Project was established by me but shares were issues without my knowledge  and 17,000 of my trees were planted at Wood Wood without my authority or approval. Definitely Not... none what-so-ever.