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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.

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
  • Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - cyclamen purple - flushed white inside
  • Height - 4m (13ft)
  • Spread - 3m (10ft)
  • Tall Shrub
  • Tree
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from strong winds.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Burncoose speciality - See Burncoose Speciality group for more details
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects, honey fungus, coral spot.
  • Place of origin - collected by George Forrest in 1924 from Yunnan Province, China
  • Burncoose Specialities - Magnolias - smaller gardens -
  • Flower Shape - Cup-and-saucer-shaped -
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Suitable for small gardens - Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus-rich
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape - Broadly conical - - spreading with age
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
4m (13ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)

Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA


MAGNOLIA 'Venus'  >

Purple-pink outside and white within
Medium £60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

MAGNOLIA virginiana

MAGNOLIA virginiana  >

Commonly known as: Swamp laurel, Sweetbay.
Fragrant creamy-white flowers and distinctive leaves which are blue-white underneath. In our Cornish climate this is a semi-evergreen tree in a mild winter
£27.50 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Medium £45.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA virginiana 'Moonglow'

MAGNOLIA virginiana 'Moonglow'  >

Large flowers which stand proud on this fully evergreen tree
Specimen £80.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Vulcan'  >

A popular magnolia hybrid with unusual shaped flowers, the petals of which curl in on themselves as they open and are almost frilly. Light pink flowers from an early age
Medium £60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri  >

(xwatsonii) - saucer-shaped flowers which are white with crimson stamens. Differs from sinensis in its smaller, narrower leaves and smaller flowers as well as its rarity. Prefers partial shade
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri 'Aashild Kalleberg'

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri 'Aashild Kalleberg'  >

Bred in Gothenburg Botanic Gardens, this form is exceptionally hardy with pure white cup-shaped flowers. Limited availability
Large £70.00 each


MAGNOLIA wilsonii  >

Pure white pendulous saucer-shaped flowers
Large £70.00 each
Specimen £80.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Yaeko'  >

'Ann Rosse' x liliiflora. Large red-purple flowers with 9-12 tepals. These open flat, later reflexing
Medium £60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Fever'

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Fever'  >

A hybrid between M. acuminata and M. denudata. Flowers are yellow in bud fading to cream and highly scented
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Lantern'   AWARD

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Lantern'  >

(M. acuminata subcordata x M. soulangeana 'Alexandrina') - fastigiate small tree with precocious tall tulip-shaped pale lemon flowers and abundant seedheads
Medium £60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

MAGNOLIA zenii 'Pink Parchment'

MAGNOLIA zenii 'Pink Parchment'  >

A pinkish form of this small growing magnolia which is closely related to M. denudata
£60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large £70.00 each


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