One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A willow tree with diamond-shaped depressions on the trunk as a result of fungal attack, resulting in timber with a diamond-shaped pattern of pale sapwood and darker heartwood.
Several species in the genus Salix are affected, in particular S. bebbiana
- ‘Once a year a friend drives a load of diamond willow down to us - and this wood is just beautiful.’
- ‘The area was called the ‘river bottoms’ and had stands of red willows, big cottonwoods and diamond willows.’
- ‘Harvest of diamond willow is allowed on the Forest, but requires a permit, which can be obtained at Forest Service offices.’
- ‘I'm buying five acres of land and thought it would be neat to try and grow some diamond willows.’
- ‘Another feature of diamond willow is the presence of boring insects and the tunnels they create in the wood from their boring activities.’
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