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These Saucer Magnolias growing right in the shade of a huge black walnut, caught my eye. They were old and healthy for sure.

Magnolia x soulangiana | Saucer Magnolia

CHARACTER
Wonderful large petals and an amazing array of color form and growth habit. The Saucer Magnolia is very popular, almost too popular, but lovely none-the-less. Dirr suggests planting in groups which I think is a nice idea if you have the space. Perhaps best not to make it your only or most prominant focal point since late frosts obliterate the blooms every few years in this area.

CARE
Magnolias have very shallow root systems. If you transplant, take care not to plant the root colar below the soil or risk retardation or death. Needs protection from strong winds. This striking tree needs special attention to site. It needs full sun, but real protection from wind. Best not to plant it in southern exposure so not to speed the bloom time. Does quite well in the South. If you can site properly, get ready for and wonderful view.
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NOTES
Magnolias are a very old genera of plants dating back 100 million years, as does the beetle that pollinates it. Look for cold hardy cultivars.

RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
Little Girl Hybrid ‘Ann’ 8′to 10′Dirr’s Fav
Little Girl Hybrid ‘Jane’ hardier and better for use in the North
Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ may be found for sale, but difficult
ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 4 – 9 | full sun to light shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium, 10′ to 15′ in 10 years
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 20′-30′/ as wide or wider
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Dense, multistemmed, spreading, upright, close set leaves
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 3″to 6″/ 1.5″to 3″ obovate
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | dark green on top pubescent below
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | 5″to 10″ wide, 9 tepals, white to pink to purple often combo of colors
BUDS | like other small magnolias are very furry like little rabbit feet.
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originallyy uploaded by derAmialtebloede
NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL needs moist, acid, peaty soil – add leaf mold
Native to Japan
Clemson / Magnolias comparrison