MAGNOLIA

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.

LARGE plants are 2-3 year old grafts and SPECIMEN plants 3-5 year old grafts.

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 and also on time of year, since Magnolias can grow very quickly.

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

 

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Tall Shrub
  • Tree
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    An ancient genus named after Pierre Magnol, French botanist, 1638-1715. Evolving before bees plants were pollinated by beetles. Grown for their showy, solitary, fragrant flowers. These can be cup-shaped, saucer-shaped, goblet-shaped or star-shaped and often appear before the leaves. Colours range from pure white to white with blushes or stains of pink or purple, rich pink and purple, and various shades of yellow. Cone-like fruit is produced in autumn on more mature specimens.
    Place of origin
    Himalayas, eastern and southeastern Asia, eastern North America to tropical North and South America
    Youtube video
Magnolia - A guide to sizing and pricing
Magnolia - Care Guide
Magnolia - Hybridisation
Magnolia - Propagation
Magnolia - Spotlight Videos
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Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds
Trees - Care Guide

Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA

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MAGNOLIA 'Pickard's Snow Queen'

MAGNOLIA 'Pickard's Snow Queen'

a Pickard's hybrid with large pure white flowers

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£80.00 each 
Specimen
£95.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Pink Pyramid'

MAGNOLIA 'Pink Pyramid'

deep purplish-red.

 
Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Porcelain Dove'

MAGNOLIA 'Porcelain Dove'

spectacular hybrid between M. globosa and M. virginiana with attractive fragrant porcelain white flowers over a three month period

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA x proctoriana

MAGNOLIA x proctoriana

large floriferous magnolia with white flowers in April

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
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Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA pseudokobus 'Kubishimodoki'

MAGNOLIA pseudokobus 'Kubishimodoki'

a stunning new magnolia with pure white seven-inch long flowers which open perfectly flat but then turn sideways or downwards. Flowers are suffused pink at the base. Very slow growing

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
MAGNOLIA 'Purple Globe'

MAGNOLIA 'Purple Globe'

huge flowers which are dark purple outside and nearly white inside. One of the very best newish magnolias at The Valley Gardens near Windsor

 
Large
£80.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Specimen
£95.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Purple Sensation'

MAGNOLIA 'Purple Sensation'

a new introduction with large cup-shaped blooms of glowing orchid purple. Mature height is only 8 metres. Similar in colour to M.Lanarth but bred by New Zealand breeder Ian Baldick

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£80.00 each 
 

MAGNOLIA 'Raspberry Ripple'

pale pink bowl-shaped flowers.

 
Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Rebecca's Perfume'

MAGNOLIA 'Rebecca's Perfume'

light pink soulangeana. Strong grower

 
Specimen
£95.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA 'Red as Red'

MAGNOLIA 'Red as Red'

another impressive new hybrid bred by Ian Baldick in New Zealand. This has a globular upright reddish-purple flower which is another 'must have' for any serious collector

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£80.00 each 
Specimen
£95.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Rose Marie'

MAGNOLIA 'Rose Marie'

rounded tepals, pink

 
Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA rostrata

MAGNOLIA rostrata

Beaked magnolia

huge leaves and coppery new growth. Creamy-white flowers and pink seed heads with distinct barbs

 
Seedling
£25.00  
MAGNOLIA 'Rouged Alabaster'

MAGNOLIA 'Rouged Alabaster'

white flowers tinged rose pink flowers to purple at the base

 
Medium
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£70.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
MAGNOLIA 'Royal Purple'

MAGNOLIA 'Royal Purple'

a fastigiate habit with flowers which are deep purple outside and paler inside

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
MAGNOLIA 'Royal Splendour'

MAGNOLIA 'Royal Splendour'

salmon-pink flowers with white on the inside

 
Large
£80.00 each 
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