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Magnolia Species, Saucer Magnolia, Tulip Tree Magnolia soulangeana

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On Nov 9, 2020, Beetreeguy from Gordonsville, VA wrote:

I drive by way of outdated downtown neighborhoods in Virginia simply to see these outdated dignitaries blooming in early spring. Their magnificence throughout that point is greater than sufficient to make me overlook the truth that they are a one-trick pony. The remainder of the yr, this can be a nice, however unremarkable, tree. So, provided that it is all in regards to the flowers, I might think about placement rigorously. It has a large development behavior, so give it room. They’re sluggish growers, however can change into surprisingly giant over time. The “Ann” cultivar is best for small areas. Magnolias usually do not develop a lot in any respect within the first couple of years, whereas they’re creating an excellent root system. Fortunately, they do begin blooming after they’re small. You’ll be able to scale back the prospect of late frost injury by planting them in morning shade to delay bloomin… learn extra


On Apr 16, 2018, EveAngeline from Mansfield, LA wrote:

I like these timber however can not discover the old school sort anyplace. The a lot older ones had bigger, very pale pink flowers. Those in nurseries now have darkish purple flowers which aren’t as fairly to me. There have been two very giant ones in a entrance yard subsequent door after I was younger. My nice aunt all the time referred to as them tulip timber. Lots of people did as a result of the big unopened blooms regarded like tulips. Giegertree was being a jerk!! The older generations referred to as them tulip timber and there is nothing fallacious with that. Recover from yourselves.


On Mar 12, 2016, Mommo2 from Paris, TX wrote:

They’re lovely most years in Northeast Texas, alongside the Pink River. This yr (2016), we had a really early spring and most timber have already bloomed. Ours survived a few years with out supplemental watering in summer season. Saucer magnolia is often used for the identify, however lots of my dad and mom’ technology (and I’m over 70) name them “tulip timber” –which I see can also be a standard identify in Alabama, North Carolina, and New Jersey :). So that they have an extended historical past with our sizzling, dry summers and erratic spring temperatures.


On Jan 25, 2015, giegertree from Savannah, GA wrote:

Of all of the locations I’ve lived (east of the Rockies) and gardened, the ONLY place I’ve EVER heard the saucer magnolia referred to as a “tulip tree” is by New Jerseyites…

Return to your annoying state and cease spreading the falsehood that that is “tulip tree” right here within the South– that identify is restricted to our native yellow poplar or Liriodendron tulipifera.


On Jan 7, 2014, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I wish to prune the cross branches in late winter or early spring, after which show them in water a lot as one would possibly do for forsythia. In time the leaves and blossoms that sprout from the fuzzy buds make a aromatic and fairly show.


On Jul 4, 2012, funflower from Fort Mill, SC wrote:

I’ve a pink magnolia or tulip tree as it’s referred to as right here in Fort Mill,SC.
It bloomed within the spring, as typical, earlier than any leaves got here out. I simply regarded in and out the higher a part of the tree nestled among the many inexperienced leaves, are pink blooms. It has been 95-104 levels so why is it blooming once more? It did it final yr however I assumed it was only a fluke!


On Mar 15, 2012, delbertyoung56m from Medina, NY wrote:

I planted my Saucer Magnolia in 2001 and it has slowly grown, with minor pruning annually after it blooms. The tree has by no means misplaced its flowers to early blooms/late frosts. It’s in my entrance, facet yard on the northside of my house in partial shade. Only a few of those timber in Medina, NY, which is a disgrace, as a result of this tree deserves a wider distribution in any neighborhood.


On Mar 13, 2012, jockamo from Gretna, LA wrote:

Down yonder in Nawleens we name this tree Japanese Magnolia,a rose by every other identify,could be referred to as one thing else~!!!!!


On Mar 12, 2012, Daigon from Villa Rica, GA wrote:

We moved to TN 18 months in the past and the property got here with two type of mags. One the Southern Magazine, one a Saucer Magazine. I’ve to say each are attractive.

The Saucer Magazine blooms quicker and lasts longer. It’s attractive and makes what few neighbors (this can be a farm) we now have envious. I’ve realized from the UT Dept of Ag how you can make cuttings/rootings.

That is going to be sooo cool!


On Mar 12, 2012, timed100 from Buffalo, NY wrote:

I planted my Magnolia x soulangeana on the south west nook of my home perhaps 35+ years in the past. The spring after planting vandals (youngsters?) tore off all of the flowers, perhaps a dozen, and scattered them across the neighborhood. I used to be livid! It blooms extravagantly each spring and has a number of dozen through the summer season. It’s by no means affected by frost. I as soon as introduced some flowers into the home however the perfume was so overpowering I needed to take away them! It’s as tall as my Three story home even after being in the reduction of 6 toes or so in 2 totally different years. I anticipate to do some extra pruning this summer season. A neighbor as soon as gave me a photograph he took of it in full bloom as a result of he thought it was so lovely!


On Mar 22, 2011, loganintheus from Squirrel Hill, MD wrote:

Love our Magnolia. We sit in its deep shade each afternoon all through summer season. Our is flowering much less and fewer annually. It might be as a lot as 30 years outdated – because it was planted by a earlier proprietor. Does anybody know what’s the anticipated lifetime of this lovely tree ?


On Jan 20, 2011, hortulaninobili from St. Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Jane’:

I’ve had a profitable draw with this huge shrub/small tree now for the higher a part of a decade. Dependable flowering (and prolific each spring) and have by no means expertise shedding flowers from a spring frost. The place this plant is positioned in a panorama could assist reduce injury to flowers from an early spring frost.

Ideally, saucer and stellata magnolias must be planted in a considerably protected space. I’ve mine planted on the northwest nook of my home. This ensures the solar doesn’t start to warmth up space too early in spring, prematurely breaking dormancy. I see on a regular basis, magnolias planted dealing with south (on the south facet of a home, for example) which WILL warmth up quicker and ahead of a northern publicity in spring, inflicting… learn extra

As with practically each tree or shrub, mulch must be used to reasonable soil moisture and temperature. Supplemental irrigation and fertilizer is a should for the primary 5 years after planting. Pruning must be performed to take away crossing branches, useless branches, and skinny cover to permit air circulate and light-weight to achieve inside. DO NOT prune to create a cheesy geometric form. Prune to intensify pure rising behavior. Over time EXPECT this shrub to finally tackle a broad-canopied umbrella-like tree type. The small topics bought on the retailer are simply that . . . small vegetation that WILL finally get giant. So plant in ultimate location!

Comparatively devoid of great pests and illness. Generally powdery mildew will probably be an issue however solely beauty. Fall shade shouldn’t be unimaginable: often a uninteresting grey-yellow.


On Dec 4, 2010, Hison from Dillsburg, PA wrote:

I like this plant. I stay in an outdated farmhouse (constructed across the 1840’s) subsequent to an orchard type the early 1800’s. I have no idea how outdated the tree is however it’s lovely when blooming and even simply with leaves. As I child I climbed the tree (a differ good newbie climbing tree btw). The Magnolia is well 40ft and is subsequent to the sidewalk making an image good view every day it blooms when strolling to my automotive or barn. The tree has lately had a important limb reduce down as a result of it was hallow, hopefully this doesn’t imply it’s the starting of the tip for this lovely tree.
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On Jun 18, 2010, redspqr from Madison, AL wrote:

I bought a saucer magnolia from my native Residence Depot. I used to be unaware how giant it will get, so I should transplant it this fall. It’s in entrance of my home in a flower mattress (morning shade and afternoon solar). I planted it in late February. Shortly after planting, it bloomed profusely (lovely purple blooms). In Four months it has grown significantly and I observed as we speak amongst all the attractive leaves that it has buds which are beginning to bloom once more! The one issues I’ve performed to it was trim some decrease branches, Miracle Develop, and the soil I planted it in was a kind of “water clever” soils that I blended with our native clay soil. It will get fairly dry right here in the summertime (Alabama). I like this tree!


On Might 2, 2010, RichGardner from Richardson, TX wrote:

Sure, this plant is an early bloomer, which often means it will get caught with a late freeze. That is true for each early spring bloomer within the Dallas space.

However this doesn’t take away from the awsome fantastic thing about this plant – it’s labeled as a bush because it usually is shorter than 20 toes in peak at maturity. We’ve got had this tulip magnolia in our yard for over 40 years. It has by no means suffered from illness or pests. It has survived fantastically through drought, killer summers (115 levels +) and late freezes. It loves composted manure, however I have not been vigilant with the appliance and it has been rising within the “black prairie” which may be very alcaline. My tulip has been rising below an enormous white oak all this time and seems to endure no unwell results.

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On Jun 21, 2009, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I like to present it a impartial fee. However perhaps in a greater and extra appropriate local weather and in a yard with out such restricted area I am certain it can get a extra constructive fee. In my local weather there’s a terrific likelihood that it’s going to not flower with out being broken by late night time frosts. Each time this occurs when it’s in flower…ooohhh it seems to be so unhappy, ugly..actually a tragic trying spring.. and it brings a whole lot of mess with out having any pleasure to see it in flower. I’ve a tulip tree in my backyard…It has been there after I moved in.. it has been planted by the previous inhabitants. Like most Dutch metropolis backyards my area may be very restricted. I believe common area for Dutch metropolis yards is about 50m2..(until you are fortunate and/or wealthy).. so I am simply fortunate to have 200 m2. For that reality I’d not have chosen to plant a … learn extra


On Apr 14, 2009, purplesun from Krapets,
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

I develop my Saucer Magnolia in an acidic, woodland sort of soil, and it has been doing admirably. It grows in Sofia, Bulgaria at 2300 toes AMSL.
Has tripled in dimension since being planted within the floor in 2006, I believe. I’ve by no means coddled it, aside from just a few waterings within the warmth of summer season. It’s in full bloom proper now, for the second time in its life, and has one way or the other escaped being ruined by frost. Its buds open a bit later right here due to the excessive altitude.
The one concern for me is that it isn’t the small tree that I bought any longer. It’s a fairly broad spreading tree, and it will possibly occupy a small backyard simply briefly time.
In any other case, this can be a justifiably well-liked flowering tree.


On Mar 9, 2009, therica from Falling Waters, WV (Zone 7a) wrote:

We planted a small 15-inch “tree” in summer season 2007, and it has been uncared for. Our soil is fairly clay-alkaline, as nicely. It doubled in dimension in a yr, then in fall 2008 a big windstorm ripped it in half. The remaining half rebounded shortly and in December it started to bloom once more! No issues by any means with blooming, even when it was first planted it put out just a few blooms. It is bloomed on and off practically all year long regardless of a 7a local weather, ice and snow storms. Perhaps these people who find themselves giving it Unfavorable rankings must cease attempting so laborious and simply let it discover its personal means!


On Jul 8, 2008, mbwoody from Waverly, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

My magnolia in zone 5 Pennsylvania is a powerful 25′ by 25′. I name it constructive as a result of though a ultimate frost or laborious rain can take the bloom away, there are an equal variety of years when we now have that good sunny spring day and open these home windows to observe the flowers and odor that heavenly perfume. It’s value it.
My tree is protected on Three sides, is amongst conifers and is in extremely acidic soil on the base of a low hill that stays very moist to moist all yr. We don’t mow below it, it has a carpet of floor violets, and the summer season shade makes it a really perfect place to sit down. Love this one.


On Jul 7, 2008, Greenhousegirl9 from Palm Bay, FL wrote:

I like this magnolia plant. Its fantastic! I’ve heard it referred to as Japanese magnolia by the scholars at my school.

BEWARE: sure folks will be allergic-ish to the pollen! signs ranged from delicate headache, sneezing/runny nostril, to watery eyes.

Aside from that it’s a fairly innocent tree with magnificent flowers! They’re very nice, very huge pink/white flowers which are glorious for image taking.


On Jul 7, 2008, valzone5 from Mountain High, PA wrote:

Ours has been planted for about 5 years within the solar, is about 6 foot tall, is rising like a bush additionally, and has by no means flowered! We’ve got fertilized it to no avail and are very very upset.


On Jan 9, 2008, patticake512 from Clifton Park, NY wrote:

My neighbor has an exquisite tree in her yard. There are various throughout this space. There are Three very outdated ones the place I work that placed on a terrific show each spring! Perhaps they want the true chilly winters that we now have up right here in zone 4!


On Dec 12, 2007, NoLawns from Warrenville, IL wrote:

Tree has a terrific type, and lots of of lovely flowers. Why A adverse? The tree begins blooming and unexpectedly we now have a chilly snap. Then you definitely see it the following day the flowers have turned to brown mush. Out of the 18 years of getting this tree solely 6 winters spared its flowers. It’s about 25 Ft. This fall I’ve observed enormous splits on each important department and the principle trunk. I am going to replace spring 2008. I believe it can bloom after which die.


On Might 15, 2007, passiflora_pink from Central, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A mature tree blooming in late February is a sight to behold. It actually cheers the winter gardener ready for spring. True it will get nipped typically, however nothing says “spring” like a saucer magnolia in full bloom.


On Feb 25, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I’ve planted these ‘Tulip Timber’ right here in zone 7b. As soon as they’re established they will take up neglect. I planted Three of those on a property in 80’s. 2 below huge oaks’ shade and one in full solar. The one on full solar is proprtionately greater and bloomed extra profusely. And sure, some yr they endure from late frosts, because it does occur very often right here. However when these gems are in its full blooms. Behold; magnificence and pure. The remainder of the rising season. It is not too showy, however what can beat the winter blues when Saucer Magnolia are there to shout out “Spring is close to”.


On Nov 20, 2006, Redkarnelian from Newmarket, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

In my neighborhood I’ve watched fairly just a few of those timber quickly develop from small pot plantings to giant timber (10 years) and they’re fabulous! They all the time bloom profusely proper after the final frost after which bathe the bottom with petals which may wait a bit earlier than being picked up – they’re fairly. The leaves are giant and shiny inexperienced – very enticing and distinctive. I’ve by no means seen the issues that different posters have indicated. Perhaps my hardiness zone is best for them, though it is colder.


On Feb 24, 2006, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I agree with the earlier assertion about this tree blooming too early. I’ve even seen them beginning to bloom within the fall after shedding its leaves, solely to have the frost get them. Whereas the tree could also be fairly in bloom, I believe its simply an unpleasant tree the remainder of the yr. The foliage is a light-weight inexperienced which all the time seems to be prefer it has chlorosis. Plus, it seems to be extra like a bush than a tree.


On Dec 3, 2005, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

I am actaully giving this lovely tree a adverse score due to its propensity to bloom suicidally earlier than the final frost. Years of failure because of late frosts have been written from 1 in 5 to 1 in Three years. I’d additionally not give it a adverse score have been there not a grand vary of latest cultivars that bloom simply late sufficient to overlook turning right into a spring tree of brown rags. However ther are many on the market. I do give it credit score for being adaptable to excessive, even dry, soils, and being a bloomer at a really younger age.

This can be a tree for affected person and forgiving gardeners not like myself; dug mine up (gave it away) and supplanted it with a distinct Magnolia.


On Jul 4, 2004, Pameladragon from Appomattox, VA wrote:

About 10 years in the past I discovered an uncommon M. soulangiana, all purple flowers, in a batch of the species. The tree has thrived in central Virginia and can placed on a second bloom in late June-July when the tree is absolutely leafed out. The flowers are darkish purple-rose in and out.

In our local weather the early first bloom is often caught by a frost so the second set of blooms, whereas not as showey, may be very good.

The tree has grown right into a bushy 15 toes, branched to the bottom, in ten years from a 3-gallon pot.

Not aromatic.


On Mar 10, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Saucer magnolia is an exquisite small tree in my yard though I’ve seen a really giant one within the Fort Price botanical backyard.
It blooms in late February on this zone and a few years it does freeze whereas in bloom which damages the flowers and the wooden, nonetheless I like it due to the wonder it brings early within the yr.


On Aug 6, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma Metropolis, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Completely gorgeous in spring, although the flowers do not final so long as one would love. The flowers will be 4-5 inches throughout and have white to pink coloration from the middle outward to the tip of the petal.

Our tree had one other tree fall on it simply earlier than we moved into our home and, though it has recovered properly, the form of the tree won’t ever be the identical. It appeared to ship up “suckers” from the prevailing branches.


On Jan 25, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

The widespread identify “Tulip Tree” is a misnomer. M. soulangiana is a deciduous tree, with lovely pink blossoms in early spring, earlier than leafing out.

Plant in a protected spot, ideally with partial solar and good air circulate to forestall illness. This shrub is an exquisite harbinger of spring in any backyard, though the blooming could also be sporadic in colder climates, the place a late frost is probably going.

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