Magnolia x soulangeana

Saucer Magnolia

A large-flowering Magnolia with helpful tolerances.

Features: Stunning large and fragrant flowers. Greater tolerances than other Magnolias.
Applications: Specimen tree for gardens, landscapes and suitable lawn sites.
Description Unlike many Magnolias which need shelter and alkaline soils, this variety is relatively tolerant of both these common family vulnerabilities. Growing as a small tree (or a large multi-stemmed shrub), the Saucer Magnolia has delightful saucer-like flowers, purple to white, fragrant and typically abundantly showy. As a feature tree the Saucer Magnolia is magnificent, potentially producing vast numbers of scented flowers that emerge in spring somewhat like tulip bells and thick, dark green contrasting leaves. This Magnolia can also be an option for lawns, provided that the soil is suitably fertile and humic - it takes plenty of resources to create such a sizeable bloom! Roots are shallow and sensitive so they must be handled with care and not disturbed or covered. This is a tree that will amply reward appropriate support.
Availability: Champion Lakes, Torbay : 45L
Mature height: 5-9
Mature spread: 3-6
Canopy: Initially vase-shaped and upright, later broad and rounded. Offers dense shade in leaf, light when leafless (seasonal).
Growth rate: Slow to Moderate
Cautions: Don't prune in spring. Roots are very sensitive - do not disturb or cover. Keep soils fertile and humic. Water through dry periods. Plants will produce leaf litter.
Tolerances: More tolerant of wind and alkaline soils than other Magnolias.
Sun demands: Full sun
Soil demands: Prefers moist to fresh, humic, acidic to alkaline soils. Tolerates brief dry periods but is best well supported.
Water demands: Moderate to High
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous
Family: Magnoliaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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