(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.
- 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