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Magnolia grandiflora

Large white flowers produced in early spring

A magnificent, large foliage shrub or tree with leathery dark green leaves with russet undersides. The large creamy-white blooms are produced in spring and are deliciously lemon scented. A versatile plant which should be left to grow naturally and it will produce a beautiful specimen. Widely grown in temperate and Mediterranean regions the large shining leaves create an exotic, even tropical effect in a planting scheme.


Plant in full sun or semi-shade as a specimen, as a large foliage shrub, in a large pot or against a high wall or fence.


Any well-drained soil fertile that is never waterlogged. Be careful not to plant too deeply. Avoid pruning if possible.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering April - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1000 cm - 2000 cm
Plant width 1000 cm - 1500 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Slightly toxic
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden

Typically available

From April to September