Magnolia obovata (syn. hypoleuca)

Japanese Big-Leaf Magnolia

A beautiful but very large magnolia, Magnolia obovata is a tall, vigorous, deciduous tree, with an upright, branching habit and rounded crown, suitable only for larger gardens or a woodland setting. The enormous, mid-green leaves, 20”/50cm long, are oblong to oval, and clustered at the tips of the branches. In May and June, the plant carries cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers with a pinkish tinge, crimson stamens, and a strong, delicious fragrance. The flowers are followed by cone-shaped crimson fruits. Japanese big-leaf magnolia needs minimal pruning; prune at midsummer only if necessary.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Fertile, moist but well-drained, humus-rich, slightly acidic to neutral soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of interest: May and June in particular
Hardiness: Fully hardy (to -15º)
Height: 98’ (30m) Spread: 49’ (15m) in 20-50 years

Matt is pictured here with a Magnolia obovata that is growing in his own garden.

Type | Size: Pot | 5L
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