Magnolias

Magnolias are true aristocrats of the tree and shrub world. Most are deciduous and flower in Spring before their leaves emerge. An evergreen form, M. grandiflora, will flower intermittently throughout summer and into autumn. Some smaller growing types, such as M. stellata, will happily grow for many years in a container. They respond well to rich living and generally these requirements are easily met; a good, moist, humus-rich but well-drained soil thats not too thin or too chalky. Mulch annually with composted bark and for the early flowering species, provide some protection from spring frosts. Pruning is minimal and only required when the plant is young in order to give it shape or to thin congested branches on old specimens.

Name (common name) & Description Conditions Size
Betty - Cup-shaped flowers, deep rosy pink overlaid with purple, inside flushed white. Flowers in mid Spring. HEIGHT: 2.5m SPREAD: 2m
Black Tulip - Very profuse flowers, reminiscent of a black tulip. Flowers in spring and often again in mid-summer. HEIGHT: 6m SPREAD: 4m
Galaxy - Large, scented red-purple flowers late enough in Spring to miss most frosts. Flowers freely on young plants. HEIGHT: 5m
Iolanthe - Cup-shaped, rose-pink and creamy-white flowers from a young age, bourne during mid-spring. HEIGHT: 7-10m
liliflora Nigra - Compact, with flowers of deep purple on the outside, creamy-white inside borne freely during Spring and Summer. HEIGHT: 2.5m
Satisfaction - Large, lavishly fragrant pink-red tulip-shaped flowers during April and May. HEIGHT: 2-3m.
sieboldii - Fragrant ice-white, flowers with crimson stamens from May to August. Spectacular crimson fruit clusters. HEIGHT: 8m
stellata - Compact, multi-branched habit. White fragrant flowers in May. HEIGHT: 2-3m SPREAD: 2-3m
stellata Royal Star - Very large, multi-petalled flowers in April, pink in bud, opening to white. HEIGHT: 2.5m SPREAD: 2m
stellata Wadas Memory - An upright slow growing shrub bearing masses of white flowers during mid to late spring. Will tolerate a moist, alkaline soil. HEIGHT: 3-5m.

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