Salix magnifica Salicaceae
Magnolia-leaf Willow, Magnificent Willow SA-liks mag-NIH-fee-kuh
- Broadleaf deciduous shrub or small tree, to about 20 ft ( 6 m) tall, twigs purple becoming red. Leaves
alternate, simple, elliptic, ovate, or obovate-oblong, 25 × 11 cm (the largest of any willow), leathery, base rounded or subcordate,
margin entire to serrulate, dark green above, midvein often purplish red. Dioecious -- male
and female catkins on separate plants, each catkin to 10 × 1.5 cm. Female catkin expandes to
25 cm at fruit maturity, individual fruit small, only about 6 mm.
- Sun to partial shade, nearly any reasonable soil, best if moist.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6. Native to China, in northern and western Sichuan, found near water, in
woodlands on mountain slopes; 2,100-3,000 m.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northeast of Valley Library