- Common Name: Saucer magnolia, Chinese magnolia
- Position: Full sun, Partial shade, North-facing, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
- Soil: Moist but well-drained, Clay, Loam, Acid, Neutral
- Flowers: Spring
- Flower Colour: Pink, Purple, White
- Hardiness: H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe
- Habit: Deciduous, Bushy
- Height & Spread: 600cm × 600cm
Magnolia x soulangeana is possibly the most widely-found Magnolia and the one of which we have all seen enormous specimens. It is a slow-growing, deciduous small tree producing stunning waxy goblet-shaped purple-pink-flushed, blush pink-white flowers in spring with a delightful aroma opening out into saucer-shaped blooms. Perfect for brightening up a chilly spring day, it can look simply stunning in the front garden or with a dense evergreen backdrop.
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.