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Hardy - average winterHardy 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)
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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.
Additional FeaturesBurncoose specialitySee Burncoose Speciality group for more detailsPests & DiseasesScale insects, honey fungus, coral spotPlace of originCollected by George Forrest in 1924 from Yunnan Province, China
Garden Location/ConditionsSuitable for small gardens
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.Neutral to acid soil
Tree ShapeBroadly conicalSpreading with age
- 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
Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA
spectacular blue buds turn dark yellow as they open. This is a unique colour in the magnolia world
a hybrid between M. 'Miss Honeybee' and M. 'Elizabeth'. Large upright almost painted yellow flowers
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
light yellow fragrant flowers open just before or alongside the leaves
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'
bred by Peter Borlase of Lanhydrock this excellent and vigorous hybrid has large white flowers which are very distinctive especially in bud
a striking dark purple variety which is a cross between M. 'Deep Purple Dream' and M. 'Black Tulip'
rich violet-purple flowers at first turning purple-rosy-violet later. Highly scented
Jury hybrid with white flowers shading to pink at the base
Jury hybrid with soft pink petals which are white inside. A sister seedling to Iolanthe
yellow to cream flowers with a purple stripe and a green base. Upright and vigorous habit.
petals purplish-red, white inside, suitable for smaller gardens
small fragrant white flowers flushed purple at the base
(syn 'Brombeer') - reddish-purple
dark red flowers
the darkest purple-red flowered magnolia before the arrival of M.'Genie'
campbellii type - this excellent hybrid flowers at a very young age. Large cup and saucer blooms, rich pink outside, and paler within
probably the nearest to a black magnolia flower that you will ever see. Quite extraordinary. Slow growing but very floriferous
bright yellow flowers with magenta mid veins and a tinge of green
pale pink and cream
flowers are an unusual combination of yellow, green and purple
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
perhaps the best new red flowered New Zealand hybrid yet. Upright tulip-shaped flowers opening to a star shape
a hyrid between M.acuminata and M.denudata with rich yellow flowers and red stamens
a hybrid raised at Caerhays Castle with huge saucer-shaped salmon-pink flowers
vigorous tree. Dark pink tepals, paler inside
a hybrid between M. mollicomata and M. liliiflora 'Nigra' which flowers at a young age and is suitable for smaller gardens. The flowers open a dark purplish-red and fade to mauvish-purple