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Magnolia x soulangeana 'Lennei'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (28100)

Plant details

This hybrid magnolia, sometimes called the Chinese or saucer magnolia, is one of the best for smaller gardens as it remains a shapely shrub for many years, and even in maturity is a manageable small tree. Its varieties are robust shrubs, tolerant of a wide range of soils, including those slightly alkaline although they are not happy on shallow chalk. 'Lennei' is a fast-growing and free-flowering variety with large goblet-shaped blooms up to 10cm (4in) across, borne while young and appearing late in spring, often with a repeat flowering in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Species: x soulangeana

Cultivar: Lennei

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 600cm

Reader reviews

jersey jayne

one of the best,so colourfull and upright, and some scent too,lovely spring addition.

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