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Commonly known as: Lily tree, Yulan.

Large and specimen sized magnolias are almost all grafted plants, many are also very rare. Different Magnolia varieties grow at very different speeds and therefore the size of a large or a specimen plant and the exact pot size it is delivered in can vary markedly for plants of identical age.

Large plants are normally 2-3 year old grafts, they vary in size from less than 2 feet to 4 feet, potted in 3, 5 or 7.5 litre pots.

Specimen plants are normally 3-5 year old grafts, and are between 4 feet and 8 feet in height potted in 10, 15 or 20 litre pots.

Magnolias do grow very quickly in a single season but do please ring to check the exact size of your chosen variety if you so wish. If we are unable to offer a large sized plant we may well also have smaller plants at a lower price.

Many more magnolia pictures can be found on the Caerhays Website and The Garden Diary.

Magnolias, named after French botanist Pierre Magnol, are an ancient genus and it is thought that pollination was by beetles as the trees appeared before bees. The main centre of distribution is eastern and southeastern Asia with a secondary centre in eastern North America, Central America, the West Indies and South America.

Mature Size

7m (22ft) tree Average Person
  6m (20ft)

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  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects, honey fungus, coral spot.
  • Place of Origin - garden origin. China
  • Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Height - 7m (22ft)
  • Spread - 6m (20ft)
  • Deciduous
  • Tree - fast-growing.
  • Full Sun - shelter from strong winds
  • Partial Shade
  • Scented flowers - lemon scented
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Flower Colour - White
  • Yellow - yellow in bud opening creamy white
  • Flower Shape - Cup-shaped

Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA

MAGNOLIA acuminata

MAGNOLIA acuminata  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
Flowers greenish-blue and yellow in summer and also often in early autumn
Large £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Blue Opal'

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Blue Opal'  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
Spectacular blue buds turn dark yellow as they open. This is a unique colour in the magnolia world
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Honey Liz'

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Honey Liz'  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
A hybrid between M. 'Miss Honeybee' and M. 'Elizabeth'. Large upright almost painted yellow flowers
Large £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Koban Dori'

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Koban Dori'  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
Soft canary-yellow blooms which open as the leaf appears in spring. Its neat pyramidal habit and restricted overall size makes it very suitable for suburban gardens
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Miss Honeybee'

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Miss Honeybee'  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
Light yellow fragrant flowers open just before or alongside the leaves
Medium £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA acuminata var subcordata

MAGNOLIA acuminata var subcordata  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
A smaller, compact, rounded form of this species with stronger canary yellow flowers. This is one of the parents of many of the increasingly popular and new yellow flowering magnolias.
Large £60.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Advance'

MAGNOLIA 'Advance'  >

A hybrid bred by Vance Hooper in New Zealand. Clear lilac-purple goblet-shaped blooms on this hybrid between M. soulangeana 'Burgundy' and M. 'Vulcan'
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Albatross'

MAGNOLIA 'Albatross'  >

Bred by Peter Borlase of Lanhydrock this excellent and vigorous hybrid has large white flowers which are very distinctive especially in bud
Medium £55.00 each


MAGNOLIA amoena  >

Commonly known as: Tianmu magnolia.
Tiny delicate white to light pink flowers
Large £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Anticipation'

MAGNOLIA 'Anticipation'  >

Large white tulip-shaped flowers. Grows 5 to 8 metres
Large £65.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Apollo'  >

Rich violet-purple flowers at first turning purple-rosy-violet later. Highly scented
Medium £55.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Athene'  >

Jury hybrid with white flowers shading to pink at the base
Large £65.00 each
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Specimen £75.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Atlas'  >

Jury hybrid with soft pink petals which are white inside. A sister seedling to Iolanthe
Large £65.00 each
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MAGNOLIA 'Betty'  >

Petals purplish-red, white inside, suitable for smaller gardens
Small £17.50 each
Large £45.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Big Dude'  >

Huge flowers which are reddish-purple outside and white inside fading rose-pink and white
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA biondii

MAGNOLIA biondii  >

Small fragrant white flowers flushed purple at the base
Small £25.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Black Tulip'

MAGNOLIA 'Black Tulip'  >

The darkest purple-red flowered magnolia before the arrival of M.'Genie'
Medium £50.00 each
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Brixton Belle'

MAGNOLIA 'Brixton Belle'  >

Campbellii type - this excellent hybrid flowers at a very young age. Large cup and saucer blooms, rich pink outside, and paler within
Medium £55.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Black Beauty'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Black Beauty'  >

Even darker black flower buds than 'Woodsman'
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Hattie Carthan'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Hattie Carthan'  >

Bright yellow flowers with magenta mid veins and a tinge of green
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Woodsman'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Woodsman'  >

Flowers are an unusual combination of yellow, green and purple
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'  >

Introduced at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in 1967 as a hybrid between M. acuminata and M. x brooklynensis. Flowers are yellow with a slight greenish tinge
Medium £55.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Burgundy Star'

MAGNOLIA 'Burgundy Star'  >

Perhaps the best new red flowered New Zealand hybrid yet. Upright tulip-shaped flowers opening to a star shape
Large £55.00 £38.50 each
Specimen £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Butterflies'

MAGNOLIA 'Butterflies'  >

A hyrid between M.acuminata and M.denudata with rich yellow flowers and red stamens
Small £30.00 each
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Large £45.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Caerhays Belle'   AWARD

MAGNOLIA 'Caerhays Belle'  >

A hybrid raised at Caerhays Castle with huge saucer-shaped salmon-pink flowers
Medium £55.00 each
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Caerhays Surprise'   AWARD

MAGNOLIA 'Caerhays Surprise'  >

A hybrid between M. mollicomata and M. liliiflora 'Nigra' which flowers at a young age and is suitable for smaller gardens. The flowers open a dark purplish-red and fade to mauvish-purple
Large £60.00 each
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MAGNOLIA campbellii

MAGNOLIA campbellii  >

Generally the first magnolia to flower in Cornish gardens as the herald of the spring season. Goblet-shaped rose-pink flowers, white within
Small £35.00 each
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MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Alba'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Alba'  >

Pure white form of M.campbellii
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Betty Jessel'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Betty Jessel'  >

One of the very best but still too little known hybrids with large deep crimson flowers opening late in the season
Medium £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Charles Raffill'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Charles Raffill'  >

Deep rose-pink in bud opening rose-purple outside and white with a pinkish flush inside. One of the great plants bred at Windsor
Medium £55.00 each
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Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

Vermin & Pest Control
Slug Pellets
Slug killer blue mini pellets are easy to use and give effective control of slugs and snails. Ideal in garden, conservatory or greenhouse.
Only £6.50

Vermin & Pest Control
Copper Tape
Quick and easy way to repel slugs and snails from your pots with this adhesive copper tape.
Only £7.50

Garden Goodies
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Only £10.20

Garden Goodies
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5
Only £10.20

Garden Goodies
PH Meter
Quick and easy to use PH meter to test your soil. No batteries required.
Only £13.50

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