The first time we actually saw the flowers of Magnolia Felix were in a vase, they were the most outstanding flowers we had seen in a while. This in another new release in from the well know Mark and Felix Jury and it is ‘spectacular’. This is the largest well formed magnolia flower that we have seen (see picture right).
Magnolia Felix is a real show stopper, huge flowers to over 30cm (12 inches) in size appear on bare stems in early spring. A lovely upright habit ‘Felix’ would make excellent feature tree in any garden or landscaping situation. The large pink flowers appear on bare stems in early spring followed by nice green foliage. A mature specimen will reach around 15ft – 18ft tall (5-6m) in time.
Magnolia Felix could be grown in a large container if required, however like most small to medium trees it would perform better in the ground, in a humus rich moist but well drained soil.
Again a sunny sheltered position which offers some protection from strong winds. We suggest when planting, water in well with some liquid seaweed fertiliser. Protection from hot afternoon sun could be ideal in warmer climates.
As usual mulch well to maintain a cool root run and retain moisture during summer. Pruning is generally not required, however remove any damaged branches.
A general purpose fertiliser can be applied in spring should be adequate in most areas, a good time to renew mulch as well, water well before and after applying fertiliser to your ‘Felix’ Magnolia.
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Grown as a feature tree or ornamental specimen Magnolia Felix works well in larger gardens as well as more confined spaces. As it will grow to be a small tree (around 5-6m) depending on conditions in smaller areas it will fill the space, however in full bloom it is truly a magnificent plant.
In larger gardens a position where it is protected from winds and can be viewed easily makes this a real feature.