Prior to planting make sure that the root ball of Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) is moist by immersing it in a bucket of warm water. Choose a position where the magnolia has plenty of space to grow and the soil is not too dry. Prepare a large hole, loosen the soil with a fork and place the magnolia root ball at the correct depth in the hole - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below soil surface. Fill the hole with soil, heel well in and water immediately after planting.
Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) thrives in any soil that retains water well. Improve poor soil with well-rotted compost. Do not add compost as that could cause root burn. Preferably site the magnolia in a spot in full sun, although partial shade is also good. Put a stake next to the young tree to give support against a strong wind.
Magnolia - TreeMagnolia soulangeana
The magnolia is a beautiful ornamental tree that flowers in the early years. Before the appearance of the foliage, elegant tulip-shaped flowers bloom in the spring sunshine. Magnolias are fast growing trees and really come into their own when planted as a solitary tree. This tree comes in a pot.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreMagnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) requires normal, water retaining, humus-rich soil. The ideal spot for this tree is: full sun or partial shade.
Prune only when really necessary. Young trees particularly should be protected from wind.
Show moreThis tree comes originally from North America as well as Asia.
The magnolia is a slow grower but can grow into quite a large tree. Because of the slow growth it is suitable for small gardens - especially as the beautiful flowers appear while the tree is still young.
Magnolia x soulangeana is a hybrid of Magnolia denudate and M. liliiflora – created in 1820. Magnolias are cultivated and hybridised all over the world nowadays and are often planted in city parks.
Often called the tulip tree, it should not be confused with the actual tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera).
The magnolia is classified as Magnoliaceae.