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Common Osier (Salix viminalis)

Growing up to 7m tall, the Common osier is a fast grower, making it ideal for flowerbeds and borders. Its twigs have traditionally been used for basket weaving and are often found in wetlands.

The size of each plant is between 15 – 50cm in height from the root plug.

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  • Product Description

    Common Osier (Salix viminalis), often known as Willow, is a strong, quickly growing native shrub that thrives in damp or wet conditions in rural areas. It is very diverse, as it can grow in wetlands, coastal regions, and chalk soils. In April, the young stems become yellow, and a variety of insects are drawn to the yellow-green catkins. The Common Osier is most recognised for providing stems for basketry, but it has gained popularity recently as the plant used to create living willow sculptures. Because of its capacity to absorb heavy metals, it is beneficial to the environment and is used in the clean up of contaminated and polluted areas.


    Common Osier can also be planted to create small-scale water treatment systems. Waste water runs through willow beds, which purify it so that it can be recycled and reused. Growing at a rate of roughly one metre a year, Common Osier are currently planted commercially for biofuel, while historically they were mostly used for boundaries and basket weaving. It also has medical benefits with Aspirin's active component, salicylic acid, being extracted from its bark. Common Osier also attracts unique wildlife such as the Herald Moth, Lackey Moth as well as being one of the earliest suppliers of pollen for bees.


    Tree Attributes

    • Acts as a natural soil stabiliser
    • Can grow up to 7 metres in height
      Grows in all soils except chalk
    • Great at absorbing metals and cleaning waterways
    • Once established requires no maintenance 
  • Our Commitment

    Our trees are planted, grown and cared for on site. This means, once the seeds are delivered to us we plant them, establish them in our polytunnels and then harden them off. The trees you are delivered have been with us since seed and we look after them until the moment they leave.

    Every tree is handpicked and packaged with the utmost care and attention to ensure your trees are delivered fighting fit to help against climate change. 

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  • Deliveries

    All postage and packaging charges for products delivered to the Mainland UK are included within the price. Additional charges apply for Northern Ireland, The Highlands & Scottish Isles, The Channel Islands, Scilly Isles & Isle of Man when ordering more than 8 trees.

    As a guide, orders for 8 plants or more will be sent via a courier, 8 plants or fewer will be sent by Royal Mail.

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  • Refunds

    Your happiness is our business and that is why we individually check every single tree that we send out. If you have a concern about your tree, please get in touch with us within 7 days so that we can diagnose the issue. Very rarely, we might ask you to send the tree back to us in secure packaging to help us identify the issue but often we can identify the issue with photographs.

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