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.