Magnolia × loebneri 'Leonard Messel'


3 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any moist, well-drained soil, including chalk
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A beautiful, rounded, small tree or large shrub which flowers on bare branches. In mid spring, it is smothered in rose pink, star-shaped flowers with long, narrow petals that emerge from darker pink buds. The leaves are mid green and the tree is deciduous. An elegant choice for a small garden. It can also tolerate chalky soils.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in midsummer. The best time to plant is in April, adding plenty of peat to the planting hole, in a sheltered spot. Mulch in spring with manure and leafmould, especially on dry soils.

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  • Q:

    We are thinking of buying the Leonard Messel - 3l pot. Is the product a multi-stem or standard form please?
    Asked on 9/8/2016 by Bath Gardener from Bath

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    • Plant Doctor



      This will be a multi-stemmed plant in a 3-litre pot.

      Answered on 11/8/2016 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    I bought two Leonard Messel magnolias last year. This spring I have had one flower on each and the rest of the buds are leaf buds. Is this normal?
    Asked on 21/4/2015 by Barty from Derby.

    1 answer

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      There are several reasons why plants do not flower. The most common are either not enough sun, pruning at the wrong time of the year, or not enough fertiliser. If they are getting lots of sun and you have not been cutting them back, then you could give them a bit of a push by feeding them with sulphate of potash.

      Answered on 5/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Hi, I'm thinking of buying one of your Magnolia 'Leonard Messel'. However, I'm a bit of an impatient gardener and am wondering how large (height/spread) the tree will be when delivered and how quickly it's likely to grow. It's described as a 3 litre pot. Thanks.
    Asked on 16/2/2015 by Ally from Stirling

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor


      Hello there
      This plant in a 3lt pot will be approx 25-30cm when delivered. It is quite a fast growing variety, but it is hard to say how fast any plant will grow as external factors can affect a plant's growth, such as how much water it gets, the site, how much sun and nutrients etc.
      Hope this helps.

      Answered on 24/2/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
  • Q:

    Hi, I would love to buy one of your 'magnolia x loebneri leonard messel' for a friend for Christmas but I have a couple of questions. Can this variety be grown in a pot & would it flower in it's first year?
    Thanks so much :)
    Asked on 16/11/2013 by debskidimble from Pontefract, West Yorkshire

    1 answer

  • Q:

    Will Magnolias survive really cold winters

    Thank you for the information on Magnolias. However, we live 1000 ft above sea level in Mid-Wales and had temperatures in January 2010 down to Minus 16C. Can I really grow Magnolias in our situation? Margaret
    Asked on 14/4/2010 by DerekandMaggie Parker

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello Margaret, The Magnolias we sell are fully hardy in most areas of the UK, however the best indication of what will grow in your area is to see what is already there. Alternatively if you really get blasted by wind or freezing temperatures and you want plants that usually won't tolerate these conditions, then perhaps you need to create a shelterbelt, which will produce a microclimate. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 15/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
  • Q:

    Bees in my lawn? Also Magnolia and Hydrangea advice please

    Hi Can you please help? I have thousands, and thousands, of what looks like bees, with a black body and white striped head hovering and burrowing into my lawn - they burrow like ants. What are they? Also can you tell me which pink Magnolia or Hydrangea I can plant in my garden? (chalky, with some lime) or scented shrubs Thank you Marilyn
    Asked on 13/4/2010 by Anonymous

    1 answer

  • Q:

    Magnolias - can I grow them in my soil?

    Hello Crocus, I've always wanted a Magnolia in our garden, and several attempts have failed completely. Although I live in the Fens, we are on a loam outcrop, not the peat. If I put plenty of peat in the planting hole, and gave it a peat based mulch every year, would a Magnolia survive and flower? Your website is irresistible! Thanks Ann
    Asked on 12/4/2010 by Ann Steward

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    Will a Magnolia grow in my clay soil?

    Magnolias...............I would love to have a Magnolia in our front garden. We did try one a few years back but it didn't survive. Are they ok in any soil? Ours is clay. Do they need full sunlight or will they tolerate some shade.? I would grow it in the lawn. Any advice on which of your gorgeous plants might suit us would be gratefully received. Many thanks Gill
    Asked on 12/4/2010 by G LUMSDON

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    • A:

      Hello Gill, Some Magnolias need neutral to acidic soil to thrive, while others are more tolerant of lime. They don't mind clay soil at all as long as it is not too heavy or waterlogged for any length of time. They flower best in full sun, but are tolerant of a little light shade. If you are growing it in a lawn, it will be really important that you make sure the grass is kept well away from the main stem and that it is kept well watered. I am not really sure which one would be best for your garden as they all tolerate clay soils, but we do have a lot more detailed information about each ones needs on the individual plant cards. I hope this helps.

      Answered on 13/4/2010 by G LUMSDON
    • A:

      ........But is there a variety that will grow on my heavy alkaline soil? Thanks Gill

      Answered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
  • Q:

    Magnolia planting

    Hi, I have just taken delivery of a Magnolia (Star Magnolia). At the moment it is outside, in the bottom half of the box. I have just checked on your website and it says it is best to plant in April. What should I do with it in the mean time, and how do I care for it? Regards Laura
    Asked on 10/12/2009 by Laura Steed

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    • A:

      Hello Laura, These are fully hardy so, although the optimum time for planting is spring or autumn, they can be planted out at any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen. Therefore I would recommend you get it into the ground as soon as you can. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 10/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • A:

      Hello Helen Thank you for your help - I will do as you suggest. Laura

      Answered on 10/12/2009 by Laura Steed
  • Q:

    Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub....

    Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret
    Asked on 5/12/2009 by D DRAKETT

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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