Black Maul Brown (Dry) Willow
The highest quality basketry willow and the most common basketry willow grown in Somerset. This willow has been scientifically proven to be the best workable willow for most types of basketry. A green-stemmed rod with almond shaped leaves. It can grow up to 2.75m (9ft long). It can be boiled and stripped for buff rods, stripped of its bark when in full leaf for white willow and steamed in the boiler to give a black colour to its bark. Unfortunately, Black Maul is susceptible to a fungus called rust and insect damage. Not recommended for living willow projects.