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Saucer magnolia

Magnolia spp.

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Also known as

Tulip tree, Chinese magnolia

Magnolia × soulangeana BW 1 by Berthold Werner (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Saucer magnolia Overview

Magnolia is a large genus containing around 320 evergreen or deciduous shrubs and tree species in the Magnoliaceae family. These plants are native to East and southeastern Asia, the Americas and the West Indies. Flowering occurs from late winter to spring, before the leaves develop. Several species have been extensively cultivated for their large, fragrant, striking, bowl-shaped waxy flowers and many cultivars have been produced. They need a sheltered position and protection from cold winds and early frosts.

Common problems with Saucer magnolia

Also watch for Bracket shaped fungi on branches or the main trunk, this causes decay of the heartwood of the tree.

How to propagate Saucer magnolia





Grafting in winter.

Special features of Saucer magnolia

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Saucer magnolia

Wall, ornamental fruit. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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