PLANT PRO­FILE

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Planting Ideas -

What De­cid­u­ous trees and shrubs with nar­row to round-headed crowns. Grown for their flower colour, their vari­able habit al­lows them to be grown in gar­dens of all sizes.

Ori­gins Orig­i­nally from North Amer­ica, mag­no­lias spread south to Cen­tral and South Amer­ica and east to Asia, pri­mar­ily to China, Ja­pan and Korea as well as Malaysia and In­done­sia.

Sea­son Flow­ers are seen in April, although some cul­ti­vars flower as early as March and some as late as May. The later ones flower with their fo­liage.

Har­di­ness Th­ese yel­lowflow­ered mag­no­lias are gen­er­ally hardy through­out the UK and north­ern Europe. Most of those fea­tured here have an RHS har­di­ness rat­ing of H6 (-15ºC to -20ºC).

Size De­pend­ing on cul­ti­var, mag­no­lias can reach around 6m af­ter ten years.

Con­di­tions They grow well in most mois­ture-re­ten­tive soils in full sun or part shade but re­sent thin, chalky soils.

*Holds an Award of Gar­den Merit from the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural Society. Har­di­ness rat­ings given where avail­able.

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