- Position: Full sun, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
- Soil: Moist but well-drained, Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand, Acid, Neutral
- Flowers: Spring
- Flower Colour: Yellow
- Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters
- Habit: Deciduous, Bushy
- Height & Spread: 600cm × 450cm
Butterflies is quite simply one of the most stunning Magnolias we have ever offered. A cross between M. acuminata and M. denudata to form fragrant primrose-yellow, loosely star-shaped flowers with red stamens. As with most Magnolias, it will benefit from being planted in a sheltered spot away from cold winds and despite the seemingly delicate yellow blooms, it is an incredibly tough plant and will easily withstand the British winter.
Magnolias are one of the best and most spectacular of flowering shrubs, a real harbinger of spring. We have all seen wonderful specimens on our travels. Sadly, they can be very misunderstood plants with many people frightened off by their ultimate sheer size and the fear that the flower buds may be damaged by late frosts resulting in the loss of the flowers. Most Magnolias will actually adapt to their climatic surroundings pretty well and whilst there always remains a slight risk of frost damage to the buds, this isn't likely to happen all the time, and once established, a plant may well flower slightly later than usual. With such a magnificent display to look forward to, don't let yourself be put off by the common myths around growing these intrinsically beautiful plants.