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Saucer Magnolia

The saucer magnolia in winter The leaves of a saucer magnolia A saucer magnolia blossom
The saucer magnolia in winter
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The leaves of a saucer magnolia
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A saucer magnolia blossom
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Scientific Name: Magnolia x Soulangiana

Summary
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 25 feet
Spread: 20 feet
Shape: Bushy

Large white and pink, cup-shaped flowers appear in spring before summer foliage. Deep green, summer foliage turns brown in fall.

Plant Needs
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

Functions
Suggested uses for this plant include border, and specimen plant.

Planting Notes
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.

Care
Easy to maintain. If required, prune after spring flowering.

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Problems
No serious problems.

Alternatives
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.

Comments
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.