Salix magnifica - Magnificent Willow from Quackin Grass Nursery

Salix magnifica - Magnificent Willow from Quackin Grass Nursery

Salix magnifica

Magnificent Willow

Plant Type:


Salix magnifica – This is magnificent! Atypical arching white catkins sometimes display some mixed pink to red tint on the white. They grow at least 4” long and perhaps as long as 12”. The heavy-textured blue-green oval leaves with prominent veins are fairly large and might make one think "Magnolia" (which some western explorers in China believed it was when they first happened upon it in the wild.) Also atypical is that it is a willow content in better drained soils. This splendid species will make a spectacular specimen and it will stump (so to speak) your gardening friends. And speaking of friends, Adam Wheeler from Broken Arrow Nursery graced us with a well-rooted whip in a pot – thanks, dude. Established pot grown shrub from cutting.

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15 ft


10 ft


(5)6 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Salix magnifica

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn


  • Full Sun


  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Moist
  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • China

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Salix

Common Name: Willow

Salix. These are the willows, a large genus of woody plants. Some willows are small shrubs, others grow into huge trees and there are many bushy species which fall in between. All prefer sun planted in fertile moisture retaining soils; some are tolerant of quite wet feet. Many have quite attractive lanceolate leaves with silvery undersides that flash in summer breezes… I have often thought of these as the “poor man’s bamboo”. Some have contorted and beautifully colored bark which shines in the winter landscape. Many sport beautiful winter/spring catkins. Nearly all willows have utilitarian applications in fencing, rods, basket making. All are very prune-able; in fact, any of the larger shrubs depending upon how you desire to employ them will respond well to pruning and coppicing. When coppiced those with beautifully colored winter stems display many more of them. And as with ornamental shrub dogwoods younger stems exhibit the best, most intense winter tones. All ornamental characteristics will be presented according to species/cultivar. All of the following offerings are established pot grown shrubs from a cutting. We may prune back all larger growing selections prior to shipping so that you will not incur the extra handling charge.