Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






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photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (29206)

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Sociiety's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), 'Merrill' is highly recommended variety of this attractive magnolia. It makes a vigorous small tree that is compact in habit. Each spring, its bare branches are covered with white flowers which are goblet-shaped at first, becoming star-shaped as they open. Unlike many magnolias,M. x loebner will tolerate moist chalky soils. It enjoys a sheltered spot in full or partial shade.

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Species: x loebneri

Cultivar: Merrill

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 800cm

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How to protect the flowers that have started to open from frost as this weekend is going to be frosty?


I have a large magnolia tree in the garden which at some pont must have split,its now got 1 large trunk with 3 huge branches off,its full of blooms at the moment,one of the branches is hanging over my rockery and i would like to know if we can cut this off without killing or harming the tree.


what is the best way to take cutting from this tree? what time of year etc :)

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