Deciduous shrub or small tree with rounded canopy, and smothered with flowers during late winter and early spring. Native to Japan. Slightly fragrant, pure white, star-shaped, 8-12 cm wide flowers with at least 12 narrow petals emerge from large, grey, hairy flowerbuds before new leaves. Flowers are occasionally flushed with pink. There are a couple of pink-flowering cultivars in existence. Young leaves are bronze green when they first appear, turning mid to dark green on maturity, and changing to yellow just before they fall in autumn. Leaves are oval to oblong, about 10 cm long and 4 cm wide.
Prefers a sheltered position in full sun or part shade in moist, but well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Tolerates lime. Frost hardy, but flowers may be damaged by late frosts. No or minimal pruning during late summer is all that is required.
Lovely magnolia suitable for flower display in the smaller garden.
Type of plantTree - Deciduous Shrub - Deciduous
Size2-3 m tall and wide
Landscape Usespecimen tree or shrub for flower display
- Temperature: Hardy
- Light: Medium High
- Moisture: Medium
- Soil: Light Medium
- Wind tolerance: Low
- Coastal tolerance: Low