A deciduous magnolia with fragrant flowers, Magnolia loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ is a Magnolia stellata ‘Rosea’ hybrid.
This is a very attractive small tree, elegant in growth habit and easy care.
This is a later flowering variety than many which makes it more tolerant of frosts.
The star shaped flowers with strap like petals appear on bare stems from late winter to spring depending on the climate. The leaves appear after the flowers and provide shade through summer.
Care and Growing Conditions.
A humus rich soil with some moisture is required for good growth, as is a position with at least good morning sun. Like most magnolias. a slightly acidic soil is best. The right compost and mulch can help provide this.
A position protect from strong wind is recommended.
Good drainage is important and mulching around the plant to retain some moisture through summer and maintain a cool root run is important.
Before planting dig a good amount of aged compost and some cow manure through he soil. Add a little blood and bone as well and water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
Generally not required except for removal any dead or damaged growth. If needed prune in late winter just maintain a good basic framework.
Propagation is from cuttings.
Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’ Summary Information
- Botanical Name – Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’
- Common Name – Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’
- Family – Magnoliaceae
- Position – Full sun to a little afternoon shade.
- Soil – Well drained.
- Height – To around 6 metres over time.
- Spread (Width) – To around 5 metres.
- Growth rate – Slow to Medium
- Foliage – Deep green, new foliage has a coppery tone..
- Flowers – White infused with pink and star shaped, 12 petals.
- Flowering time – Spring.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – No.
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