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
  • Full sun
    shelter from strong winds.
  • Partial shade
  • 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.
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects, honey fungus, coral spot.
    Place of origin
    Himalayas, eastern and southeastern Asia, eastern North America to tropical North and South America
    Youtube video
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Humus- rich.
    Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly columnar
    Broadly conical
Magnolia - A guide to sizing and pricing
Magnolia - Care Guide
Magnolia - Hybridisation
Magnolia - Propagation
Magnolia - Spotlight Videos
Planting to avoid allergic reactions and asthma
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
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 'Flamingo'

MAGNOLIA 'Flamingo'

pink tulip flowers just before the leaves

 
Medium
£60.00 each 
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MAGNOLIA 'Galaxy'

MAGNOLIA 'Galaxy'

rosy purple flowers early in the season

 
Small
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£25.00 each 
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Medium
£60.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Genie'

MAGNOLIA 'Genie'

this is the best new magnolia introduction from the point of view of colour to be seen in the UK for many years. Bred by Vance Hooper in New Zealand this soulangeana hybrid flowers very young and appears not to grow too big. The flowers are even darker than M.'Black Tulip' in bud and open an exquisite dark burgundy-red which they retain until they drop

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Specimen
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Gold Crown'

MAGNOLIA 'Gold Crown'

deep gold coloured cup-shaped flowers. Another good new yellow hybrid.

 
Medium
£60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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MAGNOLIA 'Gold Star'

MAGNOLIA 'Gold Star'

a vigorous stellata hybrid which has attractive soft yellow buds and stellata-shaped flowers which fade to creamy-white. Very hardy

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
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MAGNOLIA 'Golden Sun'

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Sun'

large dark yellow flowers

 
Medium
£60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£70.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Goldfinch'

MAGNOLIA 'Goldfinch'

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

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
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Large
£70.00 each 
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Alta'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Alta'

Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia

very hardy variety. Columnar in habit. Dark green shiny leaves and rust coloured indumentum. White fragrant flowers

 
Medium
£40.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Specimen
£85.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Exmouth'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Exmouth'

Bull bay, Exmouth magnolia, Loblolly magnolia

large fragrant creamy yellow flowers late summer and autumn

 
Small
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£25.00 each 
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Medium
£40.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£75.00 each 
Specimen
£85.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Ferruginea'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Ferruginea'

Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia

rich rusty red indumentum on the underside of the leaves and an upright habit

 
Small
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£20.00 each 
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Medium
£35.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Francois Treyve'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Francois Treyve'

Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia

compact habit. Deep green rounded leaves with cinnamon-brown indumentum. Creamy white fragrant flowers

 
Small
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£25.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Medium
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£40.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Specimen
£85.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Gallissonnière'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Gallissonnière'

Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia

leaves reddish brown underneath, very hardy. Very large creamy white flowers

 
Small
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£17.50 each 
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Medium
£40.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£75.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Specimens
£150.00 each 
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Collect Only - Unfortunately this plant is too big to be sent by courier
It can only be purchased direct from the nursery.
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Goliath'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Goliath'

Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia

short, broad leaves and large globular flowers at an early age

 
Small
£20.00 each 
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Availability yet to be determined - We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
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MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Kay Parris'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Kay Parris'

Bull Bay, Loblolly magnolia

an increasingly popular variety with large flowers and rippled foliage that emerges pink

 
Small
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£25.00 each 
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Medium
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£40.00 each 
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Specimen
£85.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Little Gem'

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Little Gem'

Bull bay, Loblolly magnolia

narrow columnar habit and small white flowers. Leaves heavily felted rust.

 
Small
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£17.50 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
MAGNOLIA 'Green Bee'

MAGNOLIA 'Green Bee'

one of Philippe de Spoelberch's wonderful new introductions. Coloured as its name implies

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
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Large
£70.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Hawk'

MAGNOLIA 'Hawk'

rose-red campbellii-type. Similar to Lanarth

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
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Large
£70.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
 AWARD
MAGNOLIA 'Heaven Scent'

MAGNOLIA 'Heaven Scent'

Gresham hybrid with goblet-shaped flowers pink outside and white inside. Strongly lavender scented

 
Medium
£60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£70.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA 'Honey Tulip'

MAGNOLIA 'Honey Tulip'

a golden-honey version of M. 'Black Tulip' which flowers before the leaves appear. A brand new New Zealand hybrid which will be very popular

 
Medium
£60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£70.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash'

MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash'

narrow deep yellow flowers each with a pink flush at the base. Grows to only about 8 metres

 
Large
£70.00 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

 
Medium
£60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA 'Iolanthe'

MAGNOLIA 'Iolanthe'

Jury hybrid with large cup-shaped rose-pink flowers which are white inside

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£70.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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
£60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA 'Jane'

MAGNOLIA 'Jane'

Upright red-purple buds. The flowers are red-purple outside and white inside.

 
Large
£70.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Joe McDaniel'

MAGNOLIA 'Joe McDaniel'

M. soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra' crossed with M. xveitchii with deep purple flowers

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
MAGNOLIA 'Joli Pompom'

MAGNOLIA 'Joli Pompom'

a hybrid between M. 'David Clulow' and M. sprengeri elongata. Interesting white flowers with rose stamens

 
Medium
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£60.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£70.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Judy Zuk'

MAGNOLIA 'Judy Zuk'

a startling new introduction with medium yellow flowers shading to pinkish-orange at the base and a strong fragrance

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
MAGNOLIA kobus

MAGNOLIA kobus

Northern Japanese magnolia

small flowered, pure white

 
Small
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£20.00 each 
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Large
£65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA kobus 'Pink Kobus'

MAGNOLIA kobus 'Pink Kobus'

Northern Japanese magnolia

light pink flowers rather than white

 
Medium
£60.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA 'Lanarth Surprise'

MAGNOLIA 'Lanarth Surprise'

pinkish-purple

 
Medium
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£60.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large
£70.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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