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Common Osier

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Common Osier Tree

Common Osier is actually a willow, although the osier grows as a shrub rather than a tree - you will get many stems growing from the base. This can make the Osier perfect for a natural screen in your garden and the long, pointy leaves are dark green on top and silver underneath with an almost oriental look to them. Osier produces pussy catkins in the spring, so why not twin with one of our native flowering cherry trees for a truly stunning spring display?

In the summer you will be treated to long, drooping osier leaves which provide a peaceful contrast in texture to most other trees in your garden - plant densely for the greatest effect. Come winter time, the osier will shed its leaves to reveal slender, almost yellow stems, ensuring you get year-round interest. Like most willow trees, the Osier Willow is the perfect waterside tree as it flourishes in wet ground and will improve the soil by binding it together and preventing erosion. Being fast growing and able to take hard pruning, willow trees are ideal for an indecisive gardener!

All our trees and shrubs are grown to be the perfect size for best establishment. For most species this can range from 20-60cm about the root plug. If you would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.


History of Common Osier

Apart from practical uses of the willow tree for firewood and cricket bats, there is a strong history in Britain of people associating willow trees with mourning, probably because of the sad, drooping nature of weeping willow trees. Willow bark has also been used as pain relief for over 2000 years. The ancient recipe was: collect a little bit of bark from the tree in the spring time, being careful not to strip all the way round the willow tree, or you might kill the tree. Soak 3 teaspoons of the bark in cold water for 5 hours, then boil. Strain and drink a small glass each day. We at buy-trees-online have never tried this, so best to ask your doctor first!

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