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Magnolia Susan (5L Pot)



  • Position: Full sun, Partial shade, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
  • Soil: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained, Clay, Loam, Sand, Acid, Neutral
  • Flowers: Spring
  • Flower Colour: Pink, Purple, Red
  • Hardiness: H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe
  • Habit: Deciduous, Bushy
  • Height & Spread: 400cm × 300cm
Fantastic tulip-shaped, fragrant deep purple-pink flowers with a softer pale pink to white inside. The tightly fluted buds stand upright on the branches before opening out to around 6 inches across which is when the brilliant colours really stand out. Later flowering than many Magnolias meaning that if you are concerned about late frosts damaging the flowers, this is perhaps one to go for. Performs best in a sheltered spot. It does not require much in the way of pruning other than the removal of dead or crossing branches in mid-summer to early autumn. If you are pruning to minimise it's height it is always best to do this by taking it back over a few years to minimise any stress to the plant.
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 'Susan' RHS Award of Garden Merit