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MAGNOLIAS, named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol, are an ancient genus and it is thought that pollination was by beetles as the trees appeared before bees. Fossilised remains from the family are 95 million years old.

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.

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.


  • Good to know - M. acuminata x M. denudata
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects, honey fungus, coral spot.
  • Place of Origin - David Leach, Ohio, USA.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Height - 5-8m (15-25ft)
  • Deciduous
  • Tree
  • Full Sun - shelter from strong winds
  • Partial Shade
  • Fertile moist well-drained soil - humus-rich
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Rounded to broadly spreading
  • Flower Colour - Yellow
  • Flower Shape - Cup-shaped - upright flowers of strong substance open almost flat to 17-20cm (7-8in) across.
5-8m (15-25ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person

Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA


MAGNOLIA 'Gold Star'  >

A vigorous stellata hybrid which has attractive soft yellow buds and stellata-shaped flowers which fade to creamy-white. Very hardy
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Joy'

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Joy'  >

Later flowering hybrid with upright rich golden-yellow flowers as the leaves emerge. A darker yellow than many of the earlier yellow hybrids
Specimen £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Goldfinch'

MAGNOLIA 'Goldfinch'  >

Very light yellow flowers. Blooms at an early age and earlier in the season than many other yellow forms
£60.00 each

MAGNOLIA grandiflora

MAGNOLIA grandiflora  >

Commonly known as: Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia.
Best grown as a wall shrub. Large rounded leaves. Lime tolerant with massive creamy white flowers which are highly scented in the evenings. Easily pruned
Large £35.00 each

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'D.D Blanchard'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'D.D Blanchard'  >

Commonly known as: Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia.
Upright habit, dark green leaves with rich coppery indumentum on the undersides
Large £35.00 each

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Exmouth'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Exmouth'  >

Commonly known as: Bull bay, Exmouth magnolia, Loblolly magnolia.
Large fragrant creamy yellow flowers late summer and autumn
Small £25.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each
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MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Ferruginea'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Ferruginea'  >

Commonly known as: Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia.
Rich rusty red indumentum on the underside of the leaves and an upright habit
Large £35.00 each

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Gallissonniere'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Gallissonniere'  >

Commonly known as: Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia.
Leaves reddish brown underneath, very hardy. Very large creamy white flowers
Small £16.50 each
Medium £40.00 each
out of stock
Large £125.00 each
Specimens £150.00 each
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MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Kay Parris'  AWARD

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Kay Parris'  >

Commonly known as: Bull Bay, Loblolly magnolia.
Improved cultivar with creamy white flowers on a fast-growing, free-flowering tree
£35.00 each
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MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Little Gem'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Little Gem'  >

Commonly known as: Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia.
Narrow columnar habit and small white flowers. Leaves heavily felted rust.
Small £17.50 each

MAGNOLIA 'Green Bee'

MAGNOLIA 'Green Bee'  >

One of Philippe de Spoelberch's wonderful new introductions. Coloured as its name implies
Medium £65.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Hawk'  >

Rose-red campbellii-type. Similar to Lanarth
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Heaven Scent'   AWARD

MAGNOLIA 'Heaven Scent'  >

Gresham hybrid with goblet-shaped flowers pink outside and white inside. Strongly lavender scented
Small £25.00 each
Medium £55.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Honey Tulip'

MAGNOLIA 'Honey Tulip'  >

A golden-honey verson of M. 'Black Tulip' which flowers before the leaves appear. A brand new New Zealand hybrid which will be very popular
Medium £55.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash'

MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash'  >

Narrow deep yellow flowers each with a pink flush at the base. Grows to only about 8 metres
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Ian's Red'

MAGNOLIA 'Ian's Red'  >

Rich claret coloured blooms. This will become a very popular variety especially as it grows to only about 5 metres
Specimen £75.00 each
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MAGNOLIA insignis

MAGNOLIA insignis  >

Small tree with erect solitary creamy-white flowers tinged pink that resemble a magnolia
Large £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Iolanthe'

MAGNOLIA 'Iolanthe'  >

Jury hybrid with large cup-shaped rose-pink flowers which are white inside
Medium £55.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'J.C. Williams'

MAGNOLIA 'J.C. Williams'  >

A Caerhays hybrid between sprengeri 'Diva' and sargentiana robusta with a most striking and unusual deep red colour which appears on opening almost black from a distance. Flowers at a very young age and is an absolute must for any enthusiast
Medium £55.00 each
Large £65.00 each
Specimen £75.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Jersey Belle'

MAGNOLIA 'Jersey Belle'  >

A hybrid between M. sinensis and M. wilsonii with large white flowers 15-20cm across and violet-purple stamens. Flowers are fragrant and nodding
Medium £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Joe McDaniel'

MAGNOLIA 'Joe McDaniel'  >

M. soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra' crossed with M. veitchii with deep purple flowers
Medium £55.00 each
Large £65.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Joli Pompom'

MAGNOLIA 'Joli Pompom'  >

A hybrid between M. 'David Clulow' and M. sprengeri elongata. Interesting white flowers with rose stamens
Large £65.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Judy Zuk'  >

A startling new introduction with medium yellow flowers shading to pinkish-orange at the base and a strong fragrance
Large £65.00 each


MAGNOLIA kobus  >

Commonly known as: Northern Japanese magnolia.
Small flowered, pure white
£17.50 each

MAGNOLIA kobus 'Pink Kobus'

MAGNOLIA kobus 'Pink Kobus'  >

Commonly known as: Northern Japanese magnolia.
Light pink flowers rather than white
Large £55.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Leda'  >

Large pure white cup and saucer flower. Free flowering
Medium £55.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Lemon Star'

MAGNOLIA 'Lemon Star'  >

(syn. Swedish Star) - a quite outstanding new magnolia which flowers from a very young age. The flowers emerge as greenish-yellow opening flat to a pure yellow before fading to cream. This will emerge as one of the most popular yellow magnolias in the next few years
Large £65.00 each
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MAGNOLIA liliiflora 'Holland Red'

MAGNOLIA liliiflora 'Holland Red'  >

Upright red flowers on this distinct and attractive form
£55.00 each

MAGNOLIA liliiflora 'Nigra'  AWARD

MAGNOLIA liliiflora 'Nigra'  >

Flowers purplish-red
Small £17.50 each
Specimen £50.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Limelight'

MAGNOLIA 'Limelight'  >

Large pointed greenish-yellow tulip-shaped flowers. A vigorous grower with a multi-stemmed habit. Well worth adding to any collection of the new yellow magnolias
Large £65.00 each


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

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