Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangeana, commonly known as the Saucer Magnolia, has 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.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and large, dark green leaves. It produces spectacular, saucer-shaped flowers in early spring.


The Produce

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

Produces large, fragrant, pink to white flowers in early spring, which are cup-shaped and very showy.


The Leaves

The leaves measure approximately 5 to 6 inches in length and 2 to 4 inches in width.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray when young, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained, acidic soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The flowers attract a variety of insects.


The Culture

Highly valued in ornamental horticulture for its stunning flowers and attractive form. Often used as a specimen tree in landscaping.


Fun Facts

The Saucer Magnolia is a hybrid of Magnolia denudata and Magnolia liliiflora, created by French botanist Étienne Soulange-Bodin in the 1820s.

The Connection To Burton Constable

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