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Commonly known as Banana shrub, Port wine magnolia

Small dark glossy green leaves and brownish-purple flowers which smell of pear drops
Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - elliptic-oblong to oval leaves 5-10cm (2-4in) long, lustrous, dark-green above, paler beneath.
  • Yellow
  • Height - 3-6m (10-20ft)
  • Spread - 1.5-3.5m (5-11ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - rounded, bushy, freely-branching shrub with downy, yellowish-brown stems. Flowers have dark-red or maroon tepal margins.
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from strong, drying winds.
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - fragrance is said to resemble bananas, pear drops or vintage port.
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insect, red spider mite
  • Place of origin - China.
  • Flower Shape - Cup-shaped - - to 3cm (1¼in) across.
  • 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
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus-rich
  • Neutral to acid soil
Cold weather damage to evergreen plants
3-6m (10-20ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.5-3.5m (5-11ft)

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