Magnolia

Magnolia spp.

profile iconMagnolia × soulangeana BW 1
by Berthold Werner (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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profile iconMagnolia × soulangeana BW 1
by Berthold Werner (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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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.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Winter, Spring

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalk

Personality

Family

Magnoliaceae

Flower colour

White, Pink, Purple, Yellow

Scent

Strong

Problems

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