Characteristics of Saucer Magnolia Tree (Magnolia × soulangeana) in the Wild

Magnolia × soulangeana
Saucer magnolia is a hybrid plant in the genus Magnolia in the family Magnoliaceae. It includes deciduous trees with beautiful large flowers.

The saucer magnolia tree is one of the most commonly used magnolias in horticulture; it is also widely planted in the British Isles, especially in southern England and the United States.

This plant was originally bred by the French plantation leader Étienne Soulange-Bodin, a retired cavalry officer in the Napoleonic army, at the Château de Fromont, near Paris. He united Yulan magnolia (Magnolia denudata) with Mulan magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora) in 1820, and the result was Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana) with quite satisfying flowers.

Since then, the hybrid has rapidly expanded and was cultivated in England, Europe, and North America. Until now, plant cultivators in many countries have continued to develop this Saucer Magnolia, and more than one hundred named horticultural varieties are recorded.


Characteristics of Saucer Magnolia Leaf

Magnolia × soulangeana Leaf
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The leaves are simple, oval, dark green, and shiny.


Characteristics of Saucer Magnolia Flower

Magnolia × soulangeana Flower
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Saucer magnolia flowers are large, generally 15-20 cm in diameter, and have various shades of color such as white, pink, and maroon.

Saucer magnolia flowers appear dramatically in early spring on a deciduous tree (do not have leaves) and produce beauty because the tree is only filled with flowers. Not long ago, young leaves will grow and survive from summer to autumn.

Magnolia × soulangeana Fruit
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Characteristics of Saucer Magnolia Tree

Magnolia × soulangeana Tree
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Saucer magnolia trees grow as large shrubs with many branches or small trees. Generally, it is only 4-5 meters high and widely planted in the yard of a house or garden.

This tree is very easy to propagate and easy to care for, as long as it is planted in a place exposed to sunlight and soil that has a lot of nutrients it will grow quickly. For temperature, saucer magnolia is best planted in USDA zones 6-9.

Saucer magnolia has also received an award from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit for having beautiful and beautiful flowers.


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