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  • Writer's pictureTom moule

Plant of the week: Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’

Magnolias are flowering trees which have large fragrant goblet shaped blooms. The flowers come in a range of colours however white is the most common.

They can be either deciduous or evergreen, the Magnolia x soulangeana is a deciduous series of Magnolia and flowers in early Spring, before the lush green foliage comes through. Evergreen varieties such as Magnolia grandiflora ‘Exmouth’ produces large white flowers in Summer whilst having dark green leaves which, have a brown velvety underbelly.

The Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alba Superba’ is a free flowering small tree, which is often treated like a shrub because of its bushy yet upright nature. The flowers are mostly white with a purple base, with very large deep green leaves which could be up to 20cm in length. These tough trees will survive down to -15C when established and will grow to around 2 meters in both height and width over a 10 year period.

For best results plant in a sunny or partially sunned area that is slightly sheltered from strong winds. This Magnolia can tolerate a range of soil types including clay but will benefit from slightly acid soil or ericaceous feed.Just coming into flower now so pick up yours today!

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