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Magnolia wilsonii


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (43701)

Plant details

This breathtakingly beautiful species, introduced from China nearly a century ago, is fortunately lime-tolerant and may be grown in a range of situations. Starting as a deciduous bushy plant, it eventually spreads into a broad expansive shrub, with unusually narrow, pointed leaves and gracefully nodding blooms. These open first as pure white cups with rosy-purple or crimson stamens, later opening fully like bone-china saucers. It is a plant for a prominent position, ideally in light shade, where it can be enjoyed and admired in early summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Species: wilsonii

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

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