The saucer magnolia is a landscape show-stopper. The stunning early spring blossoms have been said to open “like a thousand porcelain goblets,” and lush summertime leaves are dark green and leathery—adding nice contrast to silvery-gray bark. One of the most popular flowering trees in the United States, the saucer magnolia is also widely planted in Europe.
- Produces large, saucer-shaped flowers
- Displays petals that are pinkish-purple on the outside, white inside
- Will be delivered at a height of 2′-3′ for bare-root; a height of 8″-18″ for 4″ pot or 1-gallon pot
- The Saucer Magnolia grows in zones 4-9
- Mature Height: 20’–30′
- Mature Spread: N/A–25′
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun,
- Soil Preference: Acidic, Clay, Drought-tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well-drained
- Wildlife Value: Wildlife use larger branches of the Saucer Magnolia as nesting sites. Seeds are eaten by a variety of birds, and the sprouts of young trees are browsed.
A hybrid cousin of America’s magnificent Southern Magnolia, the Saucer Magnolia is actually a large spreading shrub that take its name from its wide, saucer-like flowers. It was first cultivated in 1826.