Magnolia denudata

Lily tree

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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photo by Jenny Lilly, copyright GAP Photos (298386)

Plant details

This beautiful species, originally from China, as pure white, cup-shaped flowers which appear before the leaves in spring. It can grow into a large tree, reaching around 10m (30ft) in height and spread, and should be grown as a specimen plant. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence. Plant in well-drained, slightly acidic soil in full sun or partial shade. Protect plants from strong winds and apply an annual mulch of manure and leaf mould in early spring.

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Species: denudata

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

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