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
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