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Which Magnolia?

ChrisCChrisC Posts: 12
I would like to plant a magnolia tree in our south facing front garden. Ideally a dark pink/purple coloured bloom and about 12 to 15 foot in height. Does anyone have any recommendations.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,887

    As long as your soil doesn't contain too much lime, I'd go for this one


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ChrisCChrisC Posts: 12
    Thanks Dovefromabove for the link

    I'll have a look. Should be OK for soil as we're mainly acid here in north Devon.
  • ChrisCChrisC Posts: 12
    Thanks. Not heard of Susan. Shall have a look.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    Susan for me too. Always covered in flowers and from an early age too.

  • LynLyn Posts: 23,052

    Susan's nice, mine died, but daughter in Cormwall has a nice one, as mentioned, it flowers from the start, almost, some you wait for years to get a flower.

    i have this one,   a present from Lanhydrock, still only about 4' tall at th moment but did flower last year. Also a Stellata in a big pot.


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • ChrisCChrisC Posts: 12
    Thank you for all your suggestions. Will check them all out. Hopefully which ever one I choose will not die as I'm planning to invest in a fairly specimen!
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,249

    Not so long ago I went round and counted our Magnolias. I found 13 so we had to go out and buy another one. Then I found one I had missed,so now we have 15.

    Buy one in flower. We got one labelled Wadas's Memory which is a lovely white. Ours flowered purple!. Too late to return it even if we could remember where we bought it.

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    Not sure if Susan will reach 12-15ft except under optimal conditions, around here [N.W England] most older specimens are around 8-10 ft in height. A variety with large purple flowers which reaches 15 ft is Iolanthe. If you like star magnolia types then stellata has a big brother called Magnolia x loebneri which slowly gets to 15 ft. It has a pinky purple variety called Leonard Messel. Both these varieties usually flower about 3 years after planting and are hardy in the climate in north west England.

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