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Salix triandra ‘Black Maul’ x ‘Grisette Noire’
triandra = 3 stamens
This is a cross between ‘Black Maul’ and a French selection named ‘Grisette Noire’.
I cannot find any references to this hybrid. As I learn more about this we will fill in the details.
Here is a "borrowed" description of 'Grisette Noire': This selection has survived for centuries in France and Europe. It has gorgeous dark brown/chocolate willow with long, fine, unbranched rods. Looks brilliant for forming a dark border. This variety has shorter pointed leaves than many others. New growth is a lovely rich almost black colour. These very fine rods are quite slow growing and reach 5-6’.
Grisette = a French working-class girl or young woman (not in current use?)
USES: as an ornamental shrub; useful for hedging; a valuable basketry willow; useful for living structures. Best if coppiced to produce the long, straight rods.
Here is a male flower that appear on short growths in early summer.
Botanically this is called coetaneous = same time as.
One of the characteristics of S. triandra.
Although they produce lots of short growths, they easily strip off for rods for basketry.
Triandras flower in early May, later than the pussy-willows, which flower in March and April.
of Michael Dodge