About This Plant

Magnolia x soulangeana, commonly known as the Saucer Magnolia, features smooth, grey to brown bark that tends to develop a distinctive furrowed texture as the tree matures. The bark provides an elegant backdrop to the tree’s lush foliage and stunning flowers. In terms of height, Saucer Magnolias typically grow to be medium to large deciduous trees, reaching heights between 15 to 25 feet (4.5 to 7.6 meters) and occasionally taller, depending on the specific cultivar and growing conditions.

The Story

Leaf

Magnolia x soulangeana, commonly known as Saucer Magnolia, has distinctive leaves that are large, glossy, and elliptical in shape. The leaves measure approximately 5 to 6 inches in length and 2 to 4 inches in width. They feature a deep green colour on the upper surface and a lighter green shade on the underside. The leaf margins are smooth and entire, without serrations. The arrangement of the leaves is alternate along the stems.

Produce

Saucer magnolia produces large and showy flowers rather than traditional fruits. The flowers of Magnolia x soulangeana are a defining feature of the tree, and they bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge. The flowers have a unique structure, resembling a tulip or saucer, with large, petal-like tepals that come in shades of pink, purple, or white, depending on the variety. These flowers can measure several inches in diameter, creating a stunning display. While saucer magnolias do not produce traditional fruits, the seeds develop within cone-like structures formed after the flowers fade.
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