About Magnolia soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia)
This recognizable tree filled with striking flowers is known as Magnolia soulangeana. Deciduous in nature, large 4-8 inch wide fragrant flowers emerge in the spring in various shades of white and pink. Its saucer shaped flowers are nestled atop bare branches as they surface but are quickly followed by new green foliage as spring progresses, lasting through the fall season. As a fast grower, this tree is mainly seen in its multi-trunk/natural form and reaches an average landscape size of 20-25 feet tall and wide.
Planting and care instructions
Plant Magnolia soulangeana in an area that receives full sun exposure using well-draining soil. After planting, water extensively to establish a healthy root system then reduce the frequency to bi-weekly. Remember to water regularly during periods of extreme heat. Light pruning is suggested to maintain a nice conical shape and can be done in the spring after the blooms are spent. A general fertilizer can be used in the early spring if desired.
Landscape design ideas
The Saucer Magnolia is a beautiful ornamental tree and an eye catching addition to any residential or commercial landscape design. Spruce up street medians by planting this tree in multiples or by using it as a backdrop to a bed of colorful perennials.