Magnolia 'Heaven Scent'


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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, acidic soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A mid- to late spring flowering, deciduous magnolia with an upright habit when young, later spreading. The goblet-shaped, fragrant blooms are flushed with pale pink on the outside, and appear from mid spring to early summer, avoiding most frosts. This magnolia is compact and therefore one of the best available for the small garden.

  • Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot, away from strong winds. 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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    Comments about Magnolia 'Heaven Scent':

    I chose this variety of Magnolia because it flowers after the last frost and that means its flowers won't be damaged by the frost as some varieties are. It is too young to flower at the moment as I planted it only a couple of years ago but its leaves are a lovely apple green colour and have a very nice shape. I'm really looking forward to it maturing a bit more as I think it will be gorgeous.

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    • Q:

      I recently bought a magnolia plant: it was growing really well and there was plenty of new height at the top, but one day there was a lot of wind and the top broke off. The plant's trunk is more or less 1.5 cm in diameter and it got to almost 1.9m before 80 or so cms broke off at the top.

      I tried grafting the bit that broke off but it didn't take. Now the bit where it originally broke off is relatively hard: does this mean that my plant will just not grow off from the centre trunk, or can I still hope it will reach a normal height for a magnolia? The rest of the plant is healthy and other branches at the sides are growing fine.

      Asked on 16/7/2017 by Teresa from Lincolnshire

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      • Plant Doctor



        Usually what you will find is that if the central leader is damaged or removed, then the plant will have a bushier shape, but it should survive. If however you want to try to train one of the side branches into a leader, then you can simply stake it into an upright position and in time it will do the job nicely.

        Answered on 7/8/2017 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:

      I have a south facing garden with sandy soil and would like a magnolia. Which would be best please.
      Asked on 29/6/2017 by Babs from Manchester

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        There is not one Magnolia that would be better suited than the others for the conditions you describe, which I'm afraid do not sound ideal. The problem with sandy soils (as far as Magnolias are concerned) is that they tend to be low in nutrients and they also dry out very quickly. Therefore, if you do decide to go ahead, before you plant you could dig in loads of composted organic matter, ideally something with an acidic pH. Alternatively you could use ericaceous compost instead. I would also make sure that the plant is mulched regularly, as this will help the soil retain moisture as well as enrich it. Try also to plant it in a sheltered spot where it wont be exposed to drying winds.

        Answered on 3/7/2017 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:


      Which Magnolias can I grow in a large pot please? I have a south-facing garden and I'm looking for a small tree I can grown in a pot in the side return of a typical L-shaped garden.

      Thank you

      Asked on 2/2/2013 by Auntie S from London

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    • 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

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      • 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:

      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

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      • 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
    • Q:

      Magnolia tree pruning

      Greetings, We have a very mature Magnolia tree which grows from five thick stems (6 inches across) from ground level. The canopy starts from 4 feet and it has grown now 20 feet. It flowers well and often has a second flowering in September. It is a well known tree in our rural area. Can I prune the tree down to six feet in height with the hope it will send up sapling growth and then I would be able to control the height from ground level as now owing to heath problems I am not allowed to use step ladders. In anticipation --much appreciation.
      Asked on 20/9/2009 by Dick Brown

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      • A:

        Hello There, It can be risky, but many Magnolias will slowly recover from being cut back hard, although it will take a few years to regain its composure. If you have a spring flowering type, then the best time to tackle this is in mid summer after the flowers have faded. It is important that you do not prune them from late winter to summer as they are prone to 'bleeding'. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 21/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • Q:

      Choosing the right plant

      Hello, I'm trying to find a suitable plant for my back garden, its south facing and its a clay soil. We live in a new build house so are overlooked. The plants are for at the bottom of the garden away from the house so we want plants that will give us privacy. I have been looking on your website but can't choose what to have. I am thinking that a Magnolia would be nice but I am not sure which one to choose. As I have no other plants in my garden, this will be the focal point for a while! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Samantha
      Asked on 14/9/2009 by Samantha Walsh

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      • A:

        Hello Samantha, I love all the Magnolias, but the ones with the cup-shaped flowers are my favourite. Magnolia Susan is relatively compact and has lovely dark coloured flowers - just click on the following link to go straight to it. If your soil is not strongly acidic or alkaline (you can check this with a simple test kit which we sell) then I would check the information on our site and pick one of the Magnolias that you like the look of best. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 14/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • Q:

      Pruning the dark flowering variety of Magnolia bush

      Hello Crocus, I am making enquiries for a friend who has a Magnolia, as stated in the subject line its bush type with dark flowers and would like to know how to prune it. It's got a wide girth and started to spread over the path. I have not seen it myself and I only know of the tree with white/pinkish flowers. Hoping you can advise and thank you for time and trouble. Kind Regards, Albert
      Asked on 17/8/2009 by Albert Holmes

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      • A:

        Hello Albert, These plants really don't require any pruning, apart from removing wayward or crossing branches in late winter or early spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 17/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • Q:

      Size of your Magnolias please?

      I'm thinking of buying a magnolia from you and would like to know roughly how tall it would be when delivered. Your site provides the final size but not the size on delivery, only the pot size.
      Asked on 26/3/2007 by

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      • A:

        It will really depend on the variety as some are naturally more vigorous than others, but as a very general rule, the 3 litre Magnolias are approximately 25 - 30cm in height, while the 5 litre Magnolias will be roughly 50 - 80cm tall.

        Answered on 27/3/2007 by Crocus
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