Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Paul Debois, copyright GAP Photos (31657)

Plant details

The blooms of magnolias really do herald the end of winter and the beginning of spring. 'Leonard Messel' has beautiful pale lilac-pink flowers with 12 petals giving a star-like appearance. It has mid-green, narrow, oval leaves. Plants grow into a large shrub with an upright habit and in fertile soil sometimes form a small tree.

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Species: x loebneri

Cultivar: Leonard Messel

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 800cm

Spread: 600cm

Reader reviews


Really useful! A friend and I were walking through Worle village this lunchtime, just a couple of miles from Weston super Mare, and in a front garden was a truly lovely example of Magnolia x leobneri, Leonard Messel. We stood some 3-4 metres away from it trying to puzzle out what it was and we guessed it was of Magnolia family but stuck with that. It was about 2 metres high and the same around, and simply gorgeous in full bloom in the afternoon sunshine.

Thank you so much!


My magnolia has now not flowered for 2 years. Any advice on this would be useful. It is in a sunny, position with some slight shade for a part of the day. The other magnolia 'Susan' is flowering with no difficulty.

Thank you.


does my magnola tree which is in a pot have to go into the greenhouse over winter

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