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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.
- 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
Shades of pinkAll shades of pink through to Carmine (red)Pale red-purple outside, pale almost white inside.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Full sunShelter from strong winds.
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesScale insects, honey fungus, coral spot.Place of originU.S. National Arboretum, Washington DC, USA.
Flower ShapeCup-shapedTo 18cm (7in) across.
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilNeutral to acid soilHumus-rich.
Tree ShapeRounded to broadly spreading
- Cultivation of Magnolias
- Pruning Magnolias - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning shoots on grafted rootstock - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning small & large shoots below the graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning & Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Soil Conditions
- Planting Locations
- Planting a magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Scraping deadwood to see if alive - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pests and Diseases
- Magnolia Slug Protection - Short Video Tip ondemand_video
- Slug Protection - Longer Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Scale Insect on Magnolias - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Further Reading
- Planting Magnolia from Seeds
- Magnolia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia Seedlings - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Best yellow magnolias - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia 'Caerhays Belle'
- M. campbellii in late January - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia campbellii 'Alba' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- M. campbellii alba 'Strybing White' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia globosa - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia insignis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia 'Lanarth' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia 'Lois', 'Peachy' & 'Limelight'
- Magnolia 'Peachy' and 'Daybreak' Video Tip ondemand_video
- M. 'Pink Flush' in June - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia 'Tikitere' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- M. 'Star Wars', doltsopa & veitchii - Video Tip ondemand_video
- M. sieboldii, sieboldii sinensis, x wieseneri, 'Summer Solstice' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- M. 'Altas', 'Raspberry Fun', 'Sunrise' & x veitchii - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia 'Tropicana' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Magnolia 'Todd's Forty Niner' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- M. 'Todd's Forty Niner' Late January - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Various Magnolias in early March - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Michelia foveolata - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Michelia macclurei - Video Tip ondemand_video
- 5 Michelias in April - Video Tip ondemand_video
- M. 'Woodsman' x 'Patriot' - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Unnamed hybrids - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Allergic reactions and pollen
- Plants which produce masses of pollen - to avoid
- Plants producing little pollen - relatively safe!
- When is the right time to collect seeds?
- When are seeds actually ripe and ready for collection?
- Magnolia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Cornus capitata seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Lithocarpus Seed Collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Camellia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron seed collecting - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Storing seeds over winter
- Embothrium Collecting and Storing Seeds
- Decaisnea Seed Collection & Potting
Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA
small light yellow flowers well before the leaves. Very floriferous. Grows as a broad shrub
large white fragrant flowers
a hybrid raised at Caerhays by the head gardener whose name it takes. Enormous pink tulip-shaped flowers early in the season
large slender, upright flowers which are creamy white but flushed reddish-purple at the base. Holds its flowers over a long period
a Pickard's hybrid with large pure white flowers
spectacular hybrid between M. globosa and M. virginiana with attractive fragrant porcelain white flowers over a three month period
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
huge flowers which are dark purple outside and nearly white inside. One of the very best newish magnolias at The Valley Gardens near Windsor
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
light pink soulangeana. Strong grower
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
from the same cross that produced M. 'Star Wars'. Many feel the flower colour is better and the flowers are larger. Branches have a drooping habit
rounded tepals, pink
a fastigiate habit with flowers which are deep purple outside and paler inside
salmon-pink flowers with white on the inside
large cup-shaped purple flowers
leaves and bark are lemon-scented. Smallish white flowers in April
profuse white goblet-shaped flowers slightly pink and flushed green at the base
a strangely underrated Jury hybrid with large bowl-shaped bright purplish pink flowers. One of the last tree magnolias to flower each spring
a new introduction with spectacular large rich burgundy-red tulip shaped blooms which open out flat
fragrant white flowers with purple centres
paper white flowers with central red stamens
upright deep yellow flowers tinged light rose at the base
pale to deep pink goblet-shaped flowers
pure white form
white flowers with a purple flush at the base. Upright growing and free flowering
pink stained crimson
long erect flowers which are purple outside and white inside
(cv 'Rubriflora') - a cultivar from Hong Yun, China, with reddish buds which fade as the very fragrant flowers develop. Flowers can appear 3 times a year in March, June and August. Rapid growth rate
rich rosy-red cup-shaped flowers