Tulip mag­no­lia

Your Home and Garden - - Outdoor Diary -

This mag­nif­i­cent flow­er­ing tree pro­duces gob­let-shaped blooms that light up the gar­den in late win­ter and spring. These de­cid­u­ous trees can vary in shape and size from 7-me­tre-plus spec­i­mens to more com­pact va­ri­eties such as ‘Vul­can’ and ‘Ge­nie’ that are per­fect for con­tem­po­rary gar­dens. Flower colours range from pure white through to wine red. The size of blooms also varies hugely with the lo­cally bred va­ri­ety ‘At­las’ said to have the largest mag­no­lia flower in the world, a mas­sive 35cm-wide lilac pink bloom. Make sure you give these beau­ti­ful trees plenty of space, shel­ter from strong winds and full sun, but ide­ally with their roots shaded from the heat.

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