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  1. purple willow, red willow, red osier, basket willow, purple osier, Salix purpurea(noun)

    Eurasian osier having reddish or purple twigs and bark rich in tannin

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  1. Salix purpurea

    Salix purpurea is a species of willow native to most of Europe and western Asia north to the British Isles, Poland, and the Baltic States. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 1-3 m tall, with purple-brown to yellow-brown shoots, turning pale grey on old stems. The leaves are 2-8 cm long and 0.3-1 cm wide; they are dark green above, glaucous green below, and unusually for a willow, are often arranged in opposite pairs rather than alternate. The flowers are small catkins 1.5-4.5 cm long, produced in early spring; they are often purple or red in colour, whence the name of the species. The wood of this species is used in making cricket bats. It is replaced further east in Asia by the closely related species Salix sinopurpurea. As with several other willows, the shoots, called withies, are often used in basketry.


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