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 in Gippsland Victoria, from growers in Strzelecki Ranges near Mirboo and from our A.C. MacLaren Plantation at the river flats at junction of Yarra and Watts Rivers.
Willow Blue timber is our guarantee your bat will hold tremendous lasting and rebound qualities (value for stroke play).
We call our English Willow, "Blue Willow" because our willow is grown in the Southern Hemisphere. Because our cricket bat willow provides environmental and socio-economic benefits, 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?
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 Australia 24 years earlier.
So when it comes to the "Aesthetics" of a bat... this is a personal choice.
How big does a cricket bat tree grow?