Magnificent Magnolia

1st March 2024

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Magnolia, much more exciting than the well known shade of paint of the same name, Magnolia trees have goblet shaped flowers and are admired by some as the icons of spring.

An iconic spring scene

Dating back to the Cretaceous period (142 to 65 million years ago), Magnolias were around before bees even existed on earth. It was beetles that pollinated flowers so the tepals (petals) had to be sturdy enough to bear their weight.

Magnolia ‘Galaxy’
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia kobus
Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’

Planting Advice

The best time to plant Magnolias is between autumn and spring, whenever the ground isn’t frozen. If planted correctly, Magnolias are fairly low maintenance, when in the ground. Most magnolias prefer:

  • Full sun
  • Fertile, moist, well-drained soil 
  • ​Slightly acidic or neutral conditions
  • Sheltered position

If you are growing a Magnolia in a container they will need regular watering and feeding during the growing season.

Magnolia x soulangeana

Evergreen Magnolia

  1. Magnolia grandiflora ‘Gallisoniensis’
  2. Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
  3. Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Galissoniere’

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