The saucer magnolia is a hybrid magnolia that was grown specifically for its wonderful flowers and short height that ensured it to be a delicate and delightful ornamental tree. It is easy to grow and free of many pests that other magnolias usually contend with.
This tree is eligible for a $50 Tree Rebate.
Magnolia x soulangiana
Alternate, simple, oblong to obovate, 3 to 6 inches long, entire margin, green above, paler and fuzzy below
Large and showy, with light pink to nearly purple petals
A cone-like aggregate of follicles 2 to 3 inches long
Gray-brown, glabrous*; the buds are tan and very fuzzy, and the flower buds are quite large
Smooth and with mottled gray color
Typically multi-stemmed with a narrow crown
Usually grows to be around 20 to 30 feet tall
Native to the British Isles, especially in the south of England; its range includes the United States, especially the East and West Coasts
Small deciduous tree
Leaves turn a yellow-brown before falling
Moist, fertile, deep soils with high organic matter are best
Needs full sun to grow optimally
Star magnolia, sweetbay magnolia
Pests and Diseases
Magnolia scale is a pest that commonly attacks the saucer magnolia, but the damage is mostly superficial.
The saucer magnolia tends to bloom early enough that frost can easily kill the flowers.