Magnolia × soulangeana

2 litre pot £24.99
available to order from late summer
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Magnolia × soulangeana magnolia: A popular choice, with pink, goblet-shaped flowers

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

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

    One of the most popular magnolias, with large, dark green leaves that start to appear in mid spring, at about the same time as the huge, deep rose-pink or white, goblet-shaped flowers. This is a good magnolia for smaller gardens, as it remains a shapely shrub for many years, and even when it is mature, is a manageable small tree.

  • 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 ericaceous compost to the planting hole, in a sheltered spot. Mulch in spring with manure and leafmould, especially on dry soils.

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Happy with product and hoping to see some flowers next year

Green Thumb



Nice magnolia






Magnolia growing happily


Delivered on time and in good condition. Currently, 16th February, early shoots beginning to appear.


West coast of Scotland


So far so good


Planted outdoors, buds appeared in October/November but didn't flower. Seems to have survived the cold snap in late November OK, keeping my fingers crossed for flowering in 2017




Love a Magnolia


Didn't buy this plant until after the flowering season so I haven't seen the flowers yet, but the plant was sturdy, healthy looking and gained foliage steadily through the summer. I'm waiting to see how it overwinters and how it performs next year.




Magnolia Soulangeana


I have only had it for coming up for 2 years. I know they can take a few years before they flourish properly. So it is quite early days. The staff at Crocus wet every informative and provided a fantastic service. Thank you

Mrs Gladden




4.2 6


Hello, My magnolia soulangeana from your nursery is now four years old. Last year when it first blossomed I counted 5 flowers. Early this spring there were many buds formed and a blossom plant it was supposed to be this year but all the buds were browned off one by one without opening, subsequently no leaves either. The state of the plant is just bare branches with little leave buds that stayed closed. However I notice suckers are now coming off from the roots below ground. What shall I do with those suckers and more importantly what can I do to nurse the plant (or the main branch) back to healthy condition. Something must have happened during the blossoming season and based on the description above I hope you can advise me too what could have gone wrong. I look forward to your reply. Thank you very much.


I'm sorry to hear that your Magnolia is not flourishing. I think it has been a tough year for Magnolias as we did have a few hard frosts in April (when the buds were developing), and also we had not had much rain and Magnolias were not opening their leaves as they were too dry. I know with the two I had in my garden, that I had to give them loads of water before the leaves started to unfurl. If yours has still not started to shoot, I suspect that the damage will be too prolonged by now - particularly as the plant has started to send up suckers, which will be sapping the strength of the scion (ie top growth). The only thing you can do now is remove the suckers immediately and make sure the plant gets lots of water (we have had lots of rain here recently so if the plant is still alive, then this will help it), and keep your fingers crossed.


Can a Magnolia flower in the UK in September?


Hello, This particular magnolia flowers early (usually April-May), however they occasionally will send up the odd flower out of season, so it is possible. There are other late-flowering Magnolias however (Magnolia grandiflora) that do naturally flower in late summer and early autumn.


Hello , I have a 8yo Magnolia. Can I plant crocuses under it?


Hello, Yes, crocus would look lovely beneath your Magnolia.


Hello will you please let me know when you would expect the Magnolia Soulangeana to flower (after how many years) if purchased as 3 litre pot compared with 12 litre pot? Thank you. Jude


Hello, These tend to be pretty free-flowering from an early age, so given the right conditions, you may get a few buds on the smaller size in their first year after planting.


I would like to grow one of these but can I grow it in a large tub.


Hello there Yes you can as long as you have a large enough pot, and you keep it well watered and fed. Hope this helps

Hello, Can I plant these magnolias in a large clay pot instead that on the ground? I have a patio garden.


Hello, Yes, I have grown mine quite successfully in a really large pot for several years - I just make sure it is kept well fed and watered.


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

DerekandMaggie Parker

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

Crocus Helpdesk

Plant advice for 2 new beds please Hello, I need some help to decide which plants to put into two new areas please:- 1: A semi-circle flash bed at the front of the house, size approx 2m x 0.80m and 0.80m deep. I thought about the 3 following options for a small tree/bush in the middle:- a) Magnolia soulangeana, but I was worried about the size that it could grow to and possible problems with roots etc . Will it stay small if the size of the container is used to restrict it? b) Witch Hazel (Hamamelis intermediana 'Diane'). Will it spread too much? I think this is very pretty. c) Corylus avellana 'contorta' Then I also need to think about ground cover plants to help suppress weeds. I am only interested in fully hardy, easy to look after plants, could be with some flowers or coloured leaves. 2:- A thin path between neighbours (approx 2m x 0.40). My idea is to plant bamboo. I would love a modern thin run of bamboo with ground cover. My worry is which bamboos to use. I love the yellow, like Phyllostychys aureocaulis (Golden Grove) but not sure if it is strong enough as it could be exposed to some wind. I bought from you a couple of years ago the Phyllostychys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' which I planted in pots but it died this year. I see on your website some other bamboos but I don't like them as much as their canes seems less exposed and have a lot more foliage. But possibly these would be a better alternative... ...? For the ground cover I as thinking of Ophiopogen nigrescen. Do you think these plants will be suitable, or have you any other suggestions? Thank you for your help, Galia

e moran

Hello Galia, All of the taller shrubs you mentioned for the semi-circular bed will get quite large, but their growth will be restricted (both in height and spread) if they are kept in a pot where their roots are restricted. For groundcover you could opt for any of the following:- Bergenia Helleborus Heuchera Epimedium Geranium Erica As for the bamboos, even the most well behaved one (Fargesia murieliae) will spread to around 1.5m across so you should keep this in mind when planting it in such a confined space. Perhaps a better option would be one of our hedging plants, which can be cut back hard against the wall. Taxus or Ligustrum would be good options. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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

Laura Steed

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

Laura Steed

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

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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


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

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