Magnolia grandiflora 'Exmouth'


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (18519)

Plant details

This is an impressive evergreen shrub or tree from North America, in ideal conditions growing 30m (100ft) high, but very much less in gardens, where it is generally grown as a wall shrub. This is not so much for frost protection, but so as to shelter the brittle branches from wind and snow. The plants need deeply cultivated soil, which allows them to tolerate lime, and full sun for healthy growth. The basic species flowers only when many years old, but varieties such as 'Exmouth' bloom while young. Its handsome leaves are felted beneath like suede. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Species: grandiflora

Cultivar: Exmouth

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 1000cm

Reader reviews


Its a useful article but I cant find any supplier who has this is stock.

Any suggestions where I might purchase this item. Crocus dont have this item listed.


I just bought one in germany: They sent the plant by car (spedition) to austria, it was in a very good shape, a very nice plant, much better than what I would have been able to buy at a rather renowned garden center nearby. And the overall cost was almost the same. The firm is very busy just now, so they may answer your mail one or two days later. If you phone them, try afternoon or evening. mr g. is very friendly and competent and I am sure he speaks english well. good luck


Can someone help? I have an established mge planted 7 years ago,approx. 3m.tall. It has been healthy and flowered over the years. However toward end of last year, some leaves turned brown and dropped off.Survived the frosts.Whilst new growth has appeared, leaves are still dropping in abundance. The flowers are opening then turning brown and dropping within a day. I have had a garden makeover this year and I know that a layer of topsoil has been dropped around the plant. What am I doing wrong?

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