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MAGNOLIA

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
  • Evergreen
  • Tall Shrub
  • Tree
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    An ancient genus named after Pierre Magnol, French botanist, 1638-1715. Evolving before bees plants were pollinated by beetles. Grown for their showy, solitary, fragrant flowers. These can be cup-shaped, saucer-shaped, goblet-shaped or star-shaped and often appear before the leaves. Colours range from pure white to white with blushes or stains of pink or purple, rich pink and purple, and various shades of yellow. Cone-like fruit is produced in autumn on more mature specimens.
    Place of origin
    Himalayas, eastern and southeastern Asia, eastern North America to tropical North and South America
    Youtube video
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

Buy Varieties of MAGNOLIA

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MAGNOLIA 'Ruth'

MAGNOLIA 'Ruth'

large cup-shaped purple flowers

 
Medium
£70.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA salicifolia

MAGNOLIA salicifolia

Willow-leaved magnolia

leaves and bark are lemon-scented. Smallish white flowers in April

 
Medium
£70.00 each 
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Available again from SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2024 - Despatch will take place anytime between early September through to late October as stock becomes available.
MAGNOLIA salicifolia 'Rosea'

MAGNOLIA salicifolia 'Rosea'

Willow-leaved magnolia

delicate pink tinge to flowers especially in bud

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
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MAGNOLIA sapaensis

MAGNOLIA sapaensis

white scented flowers with a red centre.

 
Medium
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£70.00  
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Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA sargentiana var robusta

MAGNOLIA sargentiana var robusta

pale pink, immense flowers

 
Seedling
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£25.00 each 
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Medium
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£70.00 each 
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MAGNOLIA sargentiana var robusta 'Blood Moon'

MAGNOLIA sargentiana var robusta 'Blood Moon'

large deep rose-pink flowers

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
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MAGNOLIA 'Serene'

MAGNOLIA 'Serene'

a strangely underrated Jury hybrid with large bowl-shaped bright purplish pink flowers. One of the last tree magnolias to flower each spring

 
Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Shirazz'

MAGNOLIA 'Shirazz'

a new introduction with spectacular large rich burgundy-red tulip shaped blooms which open out flat

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
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Large
£80.00 each 
Specimen
£95.00 each 
MAGNOLIA 'Shirley’s Perfume'

MAGNOLIA 'Shirley’s Perfume'

pale pink, scented.

 
Large
£80.00 each 
MAGNOLIA sieboldii

MAGNOLIA sieboldii

fragrant white flowers with purple centres

 
Small
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£27.50 each 
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Large
£55.00 each 
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Available late spring to early summer 2024 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
MAGNOLIA 'Sir Harold Hillier'

MAGNOLIA 'Sir Harold Hillier'

a beautiful hybrid with huge pure white flowers. The original tree grows at Chyverton Gardens in Cornwall

 
Medium
£70.00 each 
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Unavailable -
MAGNOLIA 'Snow Goose'

MAGNOLIA 'Snow Goose'

almost pure white with a small hint of pink

 
Medium
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£70.00 each 
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MAGNOLIA 'Solar Flair'

MAGNOLIA 'Solar Flair'

upright deep yellow flowers tinged light rose at the base

 
Medium
£70.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA x soulangeana

MAGNOLIA x soulangeana

Tulip magnolia

pale to deep pink goblet-shaped flowers

 
Small
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£19.00 each 
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Large
£70.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
MAGNOLIA x soulangeana 'Alba Superba'

MAGNOLIA x soulangeana 'Alba Superba'

Tulip magnolia

pure white form

 
Medium
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£60.00 each 
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