Early, star-shaped, warm-white flowers, more resistant to frost than goblets, on a modestly sized specimen that only grows slowly
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: March to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A popular, compact, bushy shrub or small tree with mid-green leaves and silky buds which open up to large, pure white, star-shaped flowers, sometimes faintly flushed pink. The flowers are lightly scented, and open very early, before the leaves, eventually covering the shrub for several weeks. This is one of the best magnolias for a 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. Plant in a sheltered spot, adding plenty of peat to the planting hole. Mulch in spring with manure and leaf mould, especially on dry soils.
It is difficult not to get excited about this fabulous group of plants. Their big, bold, brightly coloured flowers, coupled with their versatile growth habits, make this one of the most popular plant groups of all time. There is no...Read full article