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Magnolia × soulangeana 'Lennei'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3-4 (intermediate between H3 and H4)

Colour

Flower

Purple and White in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

saucer magnolia 'Lennei'

Family

Magnoliaceae


Magnolia can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, with large, showy, often fragrant flowers, often opening before the leaves, and sometimes followed by colourful cone-like fruit

'Lennei' is a large, vigorous spreading deciduous shrub to 6m, with large ovate leaves to 25cm in length. Flowers to 10cm in length, goblet-shaped, deep rose-purple outside, near-white within

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds. Further magnolia cultivation advice

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings from late spring to early summer or semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Cut Flowers, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf

Pests

May be damaged by horse chestnut scale, capsid bug and snails

Diseases

May be affected by coral spot, grey mould, honey fungus, a virus and fungal leaf spot