A magnificent small flowering tree, Magnolia soulangeana is commonly known as the ‘Saucer magnolia’. This is a deciduous hybrid magnolia (M. denudata x M. liliiflora) and makes an outstanding feature tree in any garden.
A number of different varieties of this superb tree are available, many very small growing. Although over time Magnolia soulangeana can reach a height of 5 – 9 meters, and growth rate over the first few years is moderate, it does slow as the plant matures. Most of the newer cultivars are naturally smaller than this.
These are a Magnolia with a naturally bushy habit, they require little pruning other than removal of damaged or dead wood.
Magnolia soulangeana Care
Plants will perform well in a humus rich moist well drained soil with protection from the afternoon sun. Best planted in autumn while the soil is still warm or in early spring.
Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertilizer and mulch to retain a cool root run. Best planted in a position protected from hot drying winds and afternoon sun. Pruning is generally not required
Varieties and Cultivars
- Magnolia x soulangeana.
This is the best known variety, large white flowers tinged with pink to purple, open as tulip shape and very easy to grow
- Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alexandrina’.
Larger flowers, and with more of a purple flush, long lasting and very attractive.
- Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Lennei alba’ Clean white goblet shaped flowers
- Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’.
Very early flowering and almost pure white flowers
- Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Picture’.
Very large flowers
- Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Rustic Rubra’
More rounded or goblet shaped flowers deeper in colour to a rosey purple.
Magnolia soulangeana is available for sale from the following participating suppliers
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.
Carey Gully, Adelaide Hills.
Family run business selling advanced ornamental trees including 9 varieties of Crepe Myrtle, Maple, Birch, Ash, Ginko, Crab Apple, Ornamental Plum, Weeping Cherry, Oak & Chinese Tallow. Wholesale prices to the public.