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Magnolia grandiflora

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'Southern magnolia' is a plant in the Magnolia genus with a scientific name of Magnolia grandiflora. The botanical name epithet for Southern magnolia (grandiflora) means 'with large flowers'.

Tall and roundly domed if grown in isolation. Large glossy, elliptic to ovate or lanceolate evergreen leaves. The underside ingmentum is orange coating the paler underside.
The bark is grey cracking into small plates
The flowers from mid summer through till autumn, large cream cup shaped blooms, richly scented borne singly at the end of shoots
The fruit is a large egg shaped cluster about 10cm long

Blooms typically mature to a diameter of 30.0 cm (11.7 inches imperial) and produce a lemon citronella fragrance, whilst displaying in these approximate colours:   Floral white and   Cream and   Buff. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 6. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Yellow-green and   Yellow-green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark green and   British racing green

Southern magnolia is a non-edible flower / ornamental evergreen, it will keep its leaves throughout the year.

Southern magnolia is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 27.43 metres (89.15 feet). This plant tends to bloom and harvest throughout the year.

Try planting Southern magnolia if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

United States is believed to be where Southern magnolia originates from.

Southern magnolia is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Southern magnolia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Southern magnolia

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Likes moisture, but do not flood.
In cooler climates it is often planted against a warm wall

Likes acidic, sandy, sandy loam, clay loam and calcareous soils. Seedlings are sensitive to frost.

Enjoys a full sun / partial sun position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 6 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Southern magnolia is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Southern magnolia to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Southern magnolia from seed

Slow from seed, usually grafted.

Transplanting Southern magnolia

In the extremities of its range the tree can be grown agianst a south or west facing wall. Large trees, best grown individually, or single trained against a wall

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Southern magnolia is a hardy plant.

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Southern magnolia Etymology

In Latin grandis means “big”, and flor means “flower”.

Named in honor of French Botanist Pierre Magnol.1

Other names for Southern magnolia

Teddy bear magnolia, Bull Bay

Misspellings: magnolea

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