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Magnolia, SaucerMagnolia x soulangeana

Magnolia, Saucer—Magnolia x soulangeana

Small low-branched tree with large, saucer-shaped flowers. Early-spring blossoms are pinkish-purple outside, white inside. Medium fast-growing, good pollution tolerance. Likes moist, deep, acid soil and full sun. Grows to 20' to 30', 25' spread. (zones 4-9)

Zones 4 - 9
Zones 4 - 9

Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 - 9
The Saucer Magnolia can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. (see map below)

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Saucer Magnolia falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees

20' - 30' High
20' - 30' High

Mature Height:
The Saucer Magnolia grows to be 20' - 30' feet in height.

25' Spread
25' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Saucer Magnolia has a spread of about 25' at full maturity.

Medium Growth
Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This magnolia does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Saucer Magnolia grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well drained, clay soils.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This magnolia has rounded, upright or erect shape.

More Info
More Info


The Saucer Magnolia can be expected to grow in the zones shown on this map.

Attributes:
One of the most popular flowering trees in the United States, this tree is planted widely both in America and Europe. The tree tolerates poor soil and air pollution and is often used as an ornamental. This tree will exhibit blossoms when other trees are finished for the season.

Description:
Small low-branched tree with large, saucer-shaped flowers. Early-spring blossoms are pinkish-purple outside, white inside. Medium fast-growing, good pollution tolerance. Likes moist, deep, acid soil and full sun. Avoid frost pockets as late spring frosts and freezes will kill flower buds. Grows to 20' to 30', 25' spread. (zones 4-9)

Wildlife Value:
Wildlife use larger dead branches of the Saucer Magnolia as nesting sites and the sprouts of young trees are browsed.

History/Lore/Use:
A hybrid cousin of America's magnificent Southern Magnolia, the Saucer Magnolia is actually a large spreading shrub that take its name from its wide, saucer-like flowers. First cultivated in 1826.

Moisture:
Moist, has some drought resistance.

Leaves:
The leaves are simple, alternate, three to six inches in length, about half as wide. Medium to dark green in summer, they sometimes turn an attractive brown in autumn.

Flower Color:
The flowers are pink and white, are very attractive, can reappear throughout the summer and sometimes will carry over into winter although the colors tend to fade with re-emerging blossoms.

Bloom Time:
Late February to April..

Fruit Description:
The fruit is elongated, 1 to 3 inches long; they appear in August and contain small, pointed red or deep pink seeds. Attractive to birds, they do produce minor amounts of litter.