Salix triandra 'Black Maul' - Almond Leaved Willow
Probably the most widely used willow for baskets
with varieties growing throughout Europe, Britain,
the Middle East and into central Asia. Related
species are also found in Japan and China. 'Black
Maul' breaks dormancy well after most other willows
have bloomed. Throws 7' rods, which makes it an
excellent choice for living willow structures.
A good willow for butterflies and bees.
Read about how
to prune this plant to produce rods for basketry,
living willow structures, or to create a screen.
Description: large shrub; 10
m (35'); dark maroon-black new growth; very bright
fall colours; highly ornamental
Ideal conditions: full sun to part shade;
thrives with regular deep watering; tolerates a wide range
of soil types; prune for utility
Coldest zone: 3 (find your
zone; further info on plant hardiness)
The picture was taken in October and is of a
group of two year old plants that are coppiced
in the late winter every year.