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Deciduous Magnolias are truly magnificent, bringing a spectacular show of flowers in late winter to liven up the garden and remind us that spring is just around the corner. These elegant blooms sit on bare branches which develop green foliage in spring. Magnolias produce a beautiful fragrance in addition to their rewarding floral display. There are many cultivars to choose from. Trees may take a few years to start producing flowers. Generally, they are considered a slow-growing plant.
Magnolias make fabulous feature trees in smaller gardens or can be planted in groups in a garden bed for show stopping impact in larger gardens. Also look great planted nearby perennials such as helleborus, native violas and in more formal gardens, set with english box and gardenias.
Add organic matter when planting and mulch well as magnolias have many fibrous roots that lay close to the soil surface. For this reason, roots are best left undisturbed so avoid planting shrubs over the root ball.
Plant in fertile well drained soil that is slightly acidic.
Magnolias are best planted where they are not exposed to high wind that will destroy their flowers and burn their leaves. A sunny spot is ideal. If planted in part shade they produce less flowers. Some varieties are more frost tender than others, so plant these cultivars in a more protected position.
Deciduous magnolias require minimal pruning, but best to do in autumn if required.
Magnolias may require a bit of extra watering particularly on hot windy days.
Fertilise in spring.
PESTS & PROBLEMS:
Leaf Spot – Can be bacterial or fungal. A fungicide will help control the spread.
Scale Insects – Use white oil to rid the plants of these pests.
Slugs & Snails – Apply snail pellets around the base to protect new growth.
Yulan Magnolia >> Magnolia denudata
A widely available magnolia that requires a bit more space to accommodate spreading lower branches.
Height: 5-6m Width: 4-7m
Pink Star Magnolia >> Magnolia stellata ‘Rosea’
One of the most prolific flowering magnolias, this shrub/small tree is ideal for smaller gardens.
Height: 3m Width: 4m
Black Tulip Magnolia >> Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Black Tulip’
A slow growing compact tree that produces more blooms with age. Makes a beautiful feature tree in either a small or large garden.
Height: 5m Width: 1.5m
Magnolia Elizabeth >> Magnolia acuminata x M. denudata 'Elizabeth'
Magnolia Elizabeth is a moderate growing tree with lovely cream-yellow flowers.
Height: 6m Width: 2m
Vulcan Magnolia >> Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Vulcan’
This is a hybrid form with a compact growing habit. The first flowers on young plants may be a muddy purple and not true to type. Once established, subsequent flowers are true magenta.
Height: 4.5-6m Width: 4m
Magnolia Sunspire >> Magnolia x ‘Sunspire’
Another hybrid magnolia. It has an upright, columnar habit ideal for small spaces and courtyards.
Height: 3.5m Width: 1m
Magnolia Butterflies >> Magnolia ‘Butterflies’
A new hybrid form of Magnolia that is small growing, and has spectacular deep yellow flowers.
Height: 3m Width: 2m
Black Lily Magnolia >> Magnolia liliiflora Nigra
Magnolia Nigra makes an outstanding specimen tree with its elegant narrow flowers and long flowering season.
Height: 4m Width: 3m
Magnolia Lennei Alba >> Magnolia soulangeana ‘Lennei Alba’
A wonderful white flowering Magnolia that produces masses of flowers.
Height: 4m Width: 3m
Magnolia Caerhays Belle >> Magnolia x 'Caerhays Belle’
A pink flowering Magnolia that grows into a large tree. Can take a few years to produce a good show of flowers.
Height: 6m Width: 4m
Star Magnolia >> Magnolia x 'Star Wars'
A great choice of magnolia with a long flowering season that produces large stunning pink flowers. A vigorous grower.
Height: 4m Width: 4m