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Common osier

A fast grower, ideal for beds and borders.
SKU: SAVI
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£6.95

Common osier

Salix viminalis

The long, narrow leaves of common osier are dark green and glossy on the topside, with silvery felt-like hairs on the underside. It’s a bushy plant that’s ideal for beds and borders, reaching its full height in just a couple of years. Flowers are green and the yellow catkins appear in late winter to early spring. Female catkins develop fruit capsules which split open to release tiny seeds.

Estimate full grown height: 7 metres, growing an estimated 100cm each year.

Value to wildlife: Caterpillars of a number of moth species feed on the foliage, including the lackey, herald and red-tipped clearwing. The catkins provide an important source of early nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, and the branches make good nesting and roosting sites for birds.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Often found in wet situations such as riversides. Common Osier doesn’t grow well in alkaline soils and prefers full sunlight.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

More information about this tree is available here.

Common osier

Salix viminalis

The long, narrow leaves of common osier are dark green and glossy on the topside, with silvery felt-like hairs on the underside. It’s a bushy plant that’s ideal for beds and borders, reaching its full height in just a couple of years. Flowers are green and the yellow catkins appear in late winter to early spring. Female catkins develop fruit capsules which split open to release tiny seeds.

Estimate full grown height: 7 metres, growing an estimated 100cm each year.

Value to wildlife: Caterpillars of a number of moth species feed on the foliage, including the lackey, herald and red-tipped clearwing. The catkins provide an important source of early nectar and pollen for bees and other insects, and the branches make good nesting and roosting sites for birds.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Often found in wet situations such as riversides. Common Osier doesn’t grow well in alkaline soils and prefers full sunlight.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

More information about this tree is available here.

Whilst we are experiencing such hot weather we are trying to ensure that all our trees are watered before being dispatched but it is still likely that they will be thirsty when they arrive with you. We would strongly advise that your trees are given water as soon as they arrive and are then watered before and after you plant them. It is likely that your new trees will need watering for a few days whilst this weather continues and we would recommend that this watering happens once the sun has gone down each evening. Please ensure you soak the ground thoroughly to ensure the roots grow down in search of further groundwater, rather than remaining near the surface. 

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

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