Salix 'Magnifica Foot'

Salix ‘Magnifica Foot’

Foot-catkin willow

  • Botanical name: Salix 'Magnifica Foot'
  • Common name: Foot-catkin willow
  • Family: Salicaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Deciduous
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Native to China, the foot-catkin willow, Salix magnifica, is a slow-growing, upright shrub bearing dark red shoots, large, leathery, blue-green leaves and very long catkins in spring. It makes a fantastic specimen for a small garden, where it can be pruned to produce extra large leaves, or allowed to develop into a small tree. 


Grow Salix magnifica in a sheltered spot in full sun to partial shade, in moist but well-drained soil. Not fully hardy, protect from winds and cold winter wet – you may consider growing it in a pot, which you can move indoors in autumn.

How to grow Salix 'Magnifica Foot'

  • Plant size

    3m height

    2.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Frost hardy, half hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do Take cuttings in December


Do Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Salix 'Magnifica Foot' and wildlife

Salix 'Magnifica Foot' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Salix 'Magnifica Foot' poisonous?

Salix 'Magnifica Foot' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People