Magnolia macrophylla - huge leaves
  • Magnolia macrophylla - huge leaves

Magnolia macrophylla

£45.00

(Bigleaf Magnolia) Rare even in its native habitat of South Carolina, USA, Magnolia macrophylla has huge flowers and the largest leaves of any Magnolia, up to 1 m (3 ft) long, green above and silvery-grey beneath.

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Rare even in its native habitat of South Carolina, USA, Magnolia macrophylla has huge flowers and the largest leaves of any Magnolia, up to 1 m (3 ft) long, green above and silvery-grey beneath. Established plants, have huge and fragrant, creamy-white flowers, sometimes up to 14 inches (30+ cm) in diameter.

With such bold foliage Magnolia macrophylla must be grown out of the wind in a sheltered situation and is susceptible to damage by spring frosts until mature, once established it is fully hardy and a stunning tree.


  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Well drained, lime free, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: reasonably hardy. Magnolia macrophylla requires a warm, sheltered position to establish well.
  • Flowering Period: June.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Effectively a shrub for many years, Magnolia macrophylla eventually grows to be a small, rounded tree.
    • Height: up to 8 m (26 ft).
    • Spread: up to 8 m (26 ft).
  • Notes: Magnolia macrophylla can be planted for up to 8 - 12 years before it flowers fully and so is generally best considered a foliage plant in the short term.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils
Special Features
Flowering in Summer, Leaf Shape - Unusual

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