Osier

Salix viminalis

About

Common Osier is a small shrub willow which is particularly common in wet areas such as fens, ditches and riversides. It has also been widely cultivated and planted for its twigs which are coppiced and used in basket-making. In fact, wicker-work is very popular at the moment, and even living willows are being woven into fences, screens and sculptures.

How to identify

Common Osier can be distinguished from the other scrub willows by its very long, narrow, pointed leaves whose sides are slightly rolled in.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts keep many sustainable and traditional countryside crafts alive in order to manage their nature reserves sympathetically for wildlife and also for the enjoyment of visitors. You can help too: volunteer for The Wildlife Trusts and you could be involved in everything from basket-making to raising awareness about wetland wildlife.

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Species information

Common name
Osier
Latin name
Salix viminalis
Category
Trees and shrubs
Statistics
Height: 6-7m
Conservation status
Common.