Magnolia grandiflora

3 litre pot £34.99
available to order from spring
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Magnolia grandiflora bull bay: Evergreen, with huge white flowers in summer

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any moist, well-drained soil, including chalky
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: August to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    An impressive, evergreen tree with leathery, dark green, glossy leaves with rust-coloured hairs underneath. In late summer and early autumn, large, fragrant, pure white, goblet-shaped flowers open from upright, woolly buds at the end of the shoots. This tree looks magnificent grown as a wall shrub, or as a large specimen tree in a sheltered spot. This variety is tolerant of chalky soils.

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

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Notes on Magnolia grandiflora

"There is nothing quite as deliciously decadent than burying your face in the wondrous, great waxy-bowled blooms, stained with raspberry-streaked interiors and inhaling deep draughts of its clean vanilla-lemon scent"

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present for son


A present for my son's garden




I would buy this product again


Great product. Has really flourished and produced fabulous blooms this year. Highly recommended.


South East


Good size plant


Looked very healthy and a good size. Hasn't flowered yet.




Better than expected


I potted up in a humongous terracotta pot and placed in a drab corner of my grey decking area. It's wintered well and looks great. Thank you Crocus.




Given as a gift


Bought as an anniversary gift. Parents planted it in our meadow area and on year on its thriving. They have wanted one for some time so they are more than pleased with it.



I would recomend this site


It was just what I ordered





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Would it be possible to grow a magnolia grandiflora in a pot and trained to a west facing wall? If so how big would the pot need to be? If not what other plants can you recommend? Many Thanks


Hello, These tend to do well in very large pots (as large as possible), but do keep in mind that having their roots restricted will affect the plants eventual height and spread.


Hi there, can this plant be trained as a climber against a very sunny wall? Many thanks :-)


Hello, The stems of this tree can indeed be tied onto sturdy supports (or network of wires) against a wall.


Hello I have a small bay-windowed Victorian terraced house with a very sunny little front garden. Would it be alright to plant a magnolia in the middle of the space? We want to plant something that will give some privacy and stop passers by looking straight into our front room. I am not sure if it is wise to plant a tree near a house but I have seen magnolias in other front gardens and they look wonderful. Our front garden is approximately 3.5m x 3.5m. Your advise would be greatly appreciated. We are looking for a scented, evergreen tall plant to provide a central focal point to the front garden, and to act as a distraction from our window! Any suggestions welcome!


Hello, I would definitely advise against planting anything as large as this particular magnolia, but there is a smaller (deciduous and non-scented) form that would be suitable such as 'Susan' - please click on the following link to go straight to it. There are also a couple of flowering cherries (again deciduous and non-scented) that might be worth considering... The Bride Snow Showers If however you really want something evergreen (but not scented I'm afraid), the this should fit the bill. Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulus


Hi I purchased a bull bay magnolia from you about 6 years ago - it looks healthy enough, and always produces new leaves but only leaves, it has never flowered, not even a tiny bud. What should I do do encourage flowering? It is in clay soil, but it is well drained. Could I move & replant it if the position is wrong (partial sun/shade)?

Mad Gardner

Hello, These plants often take several years to settle in before they start to flower, so I would not be too alarmed just yet. You can however help it along by making sure it gets plenty of sun and is kept well fed and watered. In time it will start to flower and then it will really impress you.


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

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Magnolia grandiflora compost? Hello I have a Magnolia grandiflora which my husband has just repotted in ericaceous compost. Is this right? He thought it was a Camellia even though it has a big label on it saying Magnolia grandiflora! Can you help - the leaves are yellowing a little and I am worried. Many thanks

Eline Armstrong

Dear Helen Thank you very much for getting back to me so quickly. Enormous relief to know my Magnolia will be fine.

Eline Armstrong

Hello There, The Magnolia will be quite happy in ericaceous compost, but it will need a big pot and regular amounts of water for it to thrive. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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

Hello Marilyn, These sound like Mason Bees, which really are very good guys in the garden. They do not swarm and will only sting if grabbed and they will ensure you have a bumper crop of fruit and flowers. As for the Magnolia/Hydrangea question, the flowers of nearly all the Hydrangeas will turn pink on alkaline soils. Some of the best include Hydrangea macrophylla Endless Summer Also if the soil is not too alkaline, you could grow any of the following Magnolias:- M.grandiflora M. x loebneri Leonard Messel M.stellata M. wilsonii Finally, the following link will take you to our full list of shrubs that grow in alkaline soils and have scented flowers. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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


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

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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.


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

Ann Steward

Thanks Helen, for both of your emails - I've decided on the pot option and ordered M liliflora 'Nigra'.

Ann Steward

Hello again Ann, One more thing.... If the soil is not too alkaline, you could grow any of the following Magnolias M.grandiflora M. x loebneri Leonard Messel M.stellata M. wilsonii I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Hello Ann, Thanks for the lovely feedback - we do try to inspire! As for the Magnolia, I think it is always best to work with what you have rather than trying to fight it, so if you really, really want one, then get yourself a really big pot and grow it in there. Opt for one of the more compact types like :- M. Susan M. liliflora Nigra They will never reach their full height in a pot, but as long as they are kept well fed and watered they will be happy in there for many years. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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.

Dick Brown

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

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