- Common Name: Saucer magnolia
- Synonyms: Magnolia x soulangeana 'Rubra' misapplied
- Position: Full sun, Partial shade, North-facing, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
- Soil: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained, Clay, Loam, Sand, Acid, Neutral
- Flowers: Spring
- Flower Colour: Pink
- Hardiness: H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe
- Habit: Deciduous, Bushy
- Height & Spread: 800cm × 800cm
Magnolia Rustica Rubra is quite possibly one of the most popular varieties to be found with its large, richly deep purple-pink flowers with a softer, lighter pink centre from March through to May. These goblet-shaped beauties are great at attracting butterflies and the fragrance is simply mesmerising. Whilst it can ultimately attain much greater heights, it can be easily pruned and generally will reach around 2.5m in height in most gardens with very little maintenance. This variety is easily suited to smaller gardens and will certainly become quite the show-stopper.
The plant you receive will be approximately 40-50cm high. These plants have been potted on to give them more stability and as such may not be completely rooted into their pots.
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.
Magnolia x soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra'