- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, acidic soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
One of the most popular magnolias, with large, dark green leaves that start to appear in mid spring, at about the same time as the huge pure white, goblet-shaped flowers, which are flushed purple-pink at the base. This is an excellent magnolia for smaller gardens, as it remains a shapely shrub for many years, and even when it is mature, is a manageable small tree.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in midsummer. The best time to plant is in April, adding plenty of ericaceous compost to the planting hole, in a sheltered spot. Mulch in spring with manure and leafmould, especially on dry soils.
“Easy and for all soils and polluted air, the bud scales split to reveal large, tulip-shaped white flowers with purple-blotched middles - though often seen from the upper deck of a London bus in March”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer