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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 - oblong to ovate-elliptic leaves to 15cm (6in) long, dark green above, grey-green and downy beneath.
  • Purple - Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet - purple centres
  • White
  • Height - 4m (13ft)
  • Spread - 4m (13ft)
  • Tall Shrub - spreading shrub.
  • Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from strong winds
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - honey fungus, coral spot, scale insects
  • Place of origin - Japan, Korea, China. Garden origin Dr August Kehr. USA
  • Flower Shape - Cup-shaped - - flowers are erect at first, nodding as they mature, to 15cm (6in) across with 9-10 tepals
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • 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 -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus-rich.
  • Neutral to acid soil
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)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)

Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Blue Opal'

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Blue Opal'  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
Spectacular blue buds turn dark yellow as they open. This is a unique colour in the magnolia world
Medium £60.00 each
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Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Koban Dori'

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Koban Dori'  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
Soft canary-yellow blooms which open as the leaf appears in spring. Its neat pyramidal habit and restricted overall size makes it very suitable for suburban gardens
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Miss Honeybee'

MAGNOLIA acuminata 'Miss Honeybee'  >

Commonly known as: Cucumber tree.
Light yellow fragrant flowers open just before or alongside the leaves
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Advance'

MAGNOLIA 'Advance'  >

A hybrid bred by Vance Hooper in New Zealand. Clear lilac-purple goblet-shaped blooms on this hybrid between M. soulangeana 'Burgundy' and M. 'Vulcan'
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Albatross'

MAGNOLIA 'Albatross'  >

Bred by Peter Borlase of Lanhydrock this excellent and vigorous hybrid has large white flowers which are very distinctive especially in bud
Medium £60.00 each


MAGNOLIA amoena  >

Commonly known as: Tianmu magnolia.
Tiny delicate white to light pink flowers
Medium £60.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Antje Zandee'

MAGNOLIA 'Antje Zandee'  >

A striking dark purple variety which is a cross between M. 'Deep Purple Dream' and M. 'Black Tulip'
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Apollo'  >

Rich violet-purple flowers at first turning purple-rosy-violet later. Highly scented
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Athene'  >

Jury hybrid with white flowers shading to pink at the base
Medium £60.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Atlas'  >

Jury hybrid with soft pink petals which are white inside. A sister seedling to Iolanthe
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Banana Split'

MAGNOLIA 'Banana Split'  >

Yellow to cream flowers with a purple stripe and a green base. Upright and vigorous habit.
Medium £60.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Betty'  >

Petals purplish-red, white inside, suitable for smaller gardens
Small £17.50 each

MAGNOLIA 'Blackberry Rose'

MAGNOLIA 'Blackberry Rose'  >

(syn 'Brombeer') - reddish-purple
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Black Swan'

MAGNOLIA 'Black Swan'  >

Dark red flowers
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Black Tulip'

MAGNOLIA 'Black Tulip'  >

The darkest purple-red flowered magnolia before the arrival of M.'Genie'
Medium £60.00 each
Specimen £80.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Brixton Belle'

MAGNOLIA 'Brixton Belle'  >

Campbellii type - this excellent hybrid flowers at a very young age. Large cup and saucer blooms, rich pink outside, and paler within
Medium £60.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Black Beauty'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Black Beauty'  >

Probably the nearest to a black magnolia flower that you will ever see. Quite extraordinary. Slow growing but very floriferous
Medium £60.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Hattie Carthan'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Hattie Carthan'  >

Bright yellow flowers with magenta mid veins and a tinge of green
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Woodsman'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Woodsman'  >

Flowers are an unusual combination of yellow, green and purple
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'

MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'  >

Introduced at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in 1967 as a hybrid between M. acuminata and M. x brooklynensis. Flowers are yellow with a slight greenish tinge
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Burgundy Star'

MAGNOLIA 'Burgundy Star'  >

Perhaps the best new red flowered New Zealand hybrid yet. Upright tulip-shaped flowers opening to a star shape
Medium £60.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Butterflies'

MAGNOLIA 'Butterflies'  >

A hyrid between M.acuminata and M.denudata with rich yellow flowers and red stamens
Small £30.00 each
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Caerhays Belle'   AWARD

MAGNOLIA 'Caerhays Belle'  >

A hybrid raised at Caerhays Castle with huge saucer-shaped salmon-pink flowers
Seedling £25.00 each
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each


MAGNOLIA 'Cameo'  >

Pinkish-red outside to the tepals and white flushed purple within
Medium £60.00 each

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Betty Jessel'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Betty Jessel'  >

One of the very best but still too little known hybrids with large deep crimson flowers opening late in the season
Medium £60.00 each
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Estimated availability autumn 2020 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Darjeeling'  AWARD

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Darjeeling'  >

Dark rose coloured flowers
Medium £60.00 each
Specimen £80.00 each
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Available Early Spring 2021 - Should be available March/April onwards depending on growing conditions.

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Kew's Surprise'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Kew's Surprise'  >

Large and distinct translucent pink flowers which are paler inside. The original plant grows at Caerhays Castle and was awarded an FCC in 1967
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Princess Margaret'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Princess Margaret'  >

Large flowers red-purple on the outside and cream inside.
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Sidbury'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Sidbury'  >

Raised at Sidbury Manor in Devon this is one of the earliest campbellii crosses to flower in Cornwall with attractive lighter pink flowers
Medium £60.00 each
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Werrington'

MAGNOLIA campbellii 'Werrington'  >

A Forrest original which grows at Werrington Park in North Cornwall
Medium £60.00 each

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