Saucer Magnolia


Saucer magnolia fruit


Introduction

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.

Common Name
Saucer magnolia

Latin Name
Magnolia x soulangiana

Leaf
Alternate, simple, oblong to obovate, 3 to 6 inches long, entire margin, green above, paler and fuzzy below

Flower
Large and showy, with light pink to nearly purple petals

Fruit/nut
A cone-like aggregate of follicles 2 to 3 inches long

Twig/branches
Gray-brown, glabrous*; the buds are tan and very fuzzy, and the flower buds are quite large

Bark
Smooth and with mottled gray color

Form
Typically multi-stemmed with a narrow crown

Size
Usually grows to be around 20 to 30 feet tall

Native Range
Native to the British Isles, especially in the south of England; its range includes the United States, especially the East and West Coasts

Type
Small deciduous tree

Seasonal Colors
Leaves turn a yellow-brown before falling

Soil
Moist, fertile, deep soils with high organic matter are best

Light
Needs full sun to grow optimally

Similar Species
Star magnolia, sweetbay magnolia

Pests and Diseases
Magnolia scale is a pest that commonly attacks the saucer magnolia, but the damage is mostly superficial.

Rebate Eligibility
$50

Of Note
The saucer magnolia tends to bloom early enough that frost can easily kill the flowers.

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