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red osier

Also called red-osier dogwood. a North American dogwood, Cornus sericea (or C. stolonifera), having red twigs and branches and white fruits.
any willow having reddish twigs and branches used for basketry or wickerwork.
Origin of red osier
1800-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • red osier dogwoods turn a bright crimson color in fall along riparian areas of the montane woodlands.
  • The red osier dogwood provides dense cover for a large number of wildlife species.
  • red osier dogwood also sports bright red bark turning more maroon in mid winter.
  • Key shrubs include high bush blueberry and red osier dogwood.
British Dictionary definitions for red osier

red osier

any of several willow trees that have red twigs used for basketwork
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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