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|The saucer magnolia in winter
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Scientific Name: Magnolia x Soulangiana
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 25 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Large white and pink, cup-shaped flowers appear in spring before summer foliage. Deep green, summer foliage turns brown in fall.
Zone: 5 to 9
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet, moist, or dry
Soil Type: Sandy or loam
pH Range: 3.5 to 7.0
Suggested uses for this plant include border, and specimen plant.
Transplant in the spring, using container-grown plants or those with balled and burlapped roots. Plant in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Avoid southern exposures to reduce change of flowers being killed by spring frosts.
Easy to maintain. If required, prune after spring flowering.
No serious problems.
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.
Cultivars of MAGNOLIA X SOULANGIANA
`Alba Superba' has white flowers that are fragrant. The outside of the petals are tinged with light purple.
`Lombardy Rose' flowers for several weeks. Its petals are a rose color on lower side and white on the upper side.
The natural habit of this tree tends to be shrubby, with multiple stems and a rounded to spreading shape, but it may be trained to a single trunk. Begins flowering at an early age and provides a mass of color.