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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
  • Evergreen
  • Tall Shrub
  • Tree
  • Full sun - shelter from strong winds.
  • Partial shade
  • 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.
  • Pests & Diseases - scale insects, honey fungus, coral spot.
  • Place of origin - Himalayas, eastern and southeastern Asia, eastern North America to tropical North and South America
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - humus- rich.
  • Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape - Broadly columnar -
  • Broadly conical
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

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri 'Aashild Kalleberg'

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri 'Aashild Kalleberg'  >

Bred in Gothenburg Botanic Gardens, this form is exceptionally hardy with pure white cup-shaped flowers. Limited availability
Large £70.00 each


MAGNOLIA wilsonii  >

Pure white pendulous saucer-shaped flowers
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Seeds £6.00 per packet
Large £70.00 each
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Specimen £80.00 each
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.


MAGNOLIA 'Yaeko'  >

'Ann Rosse' x liliiflora. Large red-purple flowers with 9-12 tepals. These open flat, later reflexing
Medium £60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Fever'

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Fever'  >

A hybrid between M. acuminata and M. denudata. Flowers are yellow in bud fading to cream and highly scented
Large £70.00 each

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Lantern'   AWARD

MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Lantern'  >

(M. acuminata subcordata x M. soulangeana 'Alexandrina') - fastigiate small tree with precocious tall tulip-shaped pale lemon flowers and abundant seedheads
Medium £60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

MAGNOLIA zenii 'Pink Parchment'

MAGNOLIA zenii 'Pink Parchment'  >

A pinkish form of this small growing magnolia which is closely related to M. denudata
£60.00 each
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
Large £70.00 each


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