Saucer Magnolia (tree form)
Magnolia x soulangeana '(tree form)'
Saucer Magnolia (tree form) flowers
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Height: 30 feet
Spread: 30 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
This is considered by most to be the penultimate magnolia, featuring spectacular cup-shaped fragrant pink flowers in early spring; superb accent tree for the average home landscape, very sensitive to late spring frosts
Saucer Magnolia (tree form) is covered in stunning fragrant pink cup-shaped flowers with white overtones held atop the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Saucer Magnolia (tree form) is a deciduous tree, selected and trained to grow in a small tree-like form with the primary plant grafted high atop a standard. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Saucer Magnolia (tree form) is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Saucer Magnolia (tree form) will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.