Simply Magnificent! Magnolias are a very ancient genus with fossilized remains showing their presence on earth even before the honey bee arrived. As a result of this you will find that Magnolias are usually pollinated by some form of beetle. The genus was not actually called Magnolia until the 17th century when they were named after a French professor of Botany called Pierre Magnol. Deciduous Magnolias are from Asia and evergreen Magnolias are mostly from America.
These days a strong influence on the development of the genus comes not from France, Asia or America but New Zealand. The Jury family from Taranaki and Oswald Blumhardt from Northland have raised many highly desirable hybrids and introduced them to the world. If you want to plant a New Zealand bred deciduous Magnolia look for such delights as "Athene", "Atlas", "Iolanthe", "Vulcan" and "Star Wars" to name just a few.
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Once you have chosen a Magnolia or 3 then this is one tree that must have the correct planting position. This is important for many reasons, not the least being that they resent being moved. The trees do not have a tap root but their fibrous roots are sensitive to disturbance. Do your best to choose a sunny position away from strong cold winds. Magnolias can tolerate frost, however a late frost in spring could damage the emerging flower buds.
The soil must be free draining and if possible rich with organic matter. If your soil is poor, add some compost, rotted leaf mould or peat and mix in well. As with many trees with fibrous roots, Magnolias don';;;;;t like their surface roots getting too hot so they will thank you for a nice layer of mulch aplied just before summer. They are acid lovers, so a side dressing of acid fertilizer aplied in early spring will also keep them hapy. You can buy especially formulated acid fertilizer from any good garden centre. Never aply lime. Water well during dry periods.
Magnolias need space to grow to really show off their beauty so consider this when planting. Little pruning should be required other than to maintain a nice shape.
Now sit back and wait for spring when the bare branches of deciduous Magnolias will be covered with beautiful large goblets with a tantalizing perfume. The colour choice ranges from crisp white, softest to deepest pink, ruby red, wine red and warm yellow.
Evergreen Magnolias have large scented cream flowers that apear in summer and autumn. In contrast to the above they are far more tolerant of wind and can cope with more moisture in the soil. Whilst I adore the deciduous Magnolias I respect the evergreen cultivars and would not be without them in the garden. The large dark green glossy foliage with tactile russet under-felt always looks good. Top that off with beautiful waxy cream flowers with a fresh fruity fragrance and you have a very handsome specimen tree. Definitely on my top 10 list.
Magnolias should not be overlooked in any planting scheme; I certainly would not consider creating a garden without them.
An exceptionally hardy Joe McDaniel hybrid producing most unusually coloured, beautiful blossoms in late spring after damage from late frosts has passed. Each erect, fragrant flower reveals complementary hues of yellow, green, purple and rose. Prefers heavy, rich and moist lime free soil in a sheltered position, but quite adaptable.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 6m
A truly beautiful Magnolia with soft yellow fragrant blooms that when fully open dance on the branches like giant butterflies. Flowers appear from late winter until early spring. Will grow in full sun or part shade, protect from strong winds. Deciduous. Est.10.yr.growth.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 3.5m
A lovely Magnolia with traditional cup and saucer flowers. These are white with a hint of pink at the base. The tree blooms at an early age and is reputed to be 'one of the best white magnolias'. Protect from strong winds. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 4m
This small, deciduous tree comes from Central China where it is planted to represent purity and candor. Masses of scented, ivory-white flowers appear from mid winter to early spring, just before the fresh green leaves. Really lovely, happiest in a sheltered spot. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 4m
This magnificent Magnolia hybrid was bred in NZ by Mark Jury and named to honor his father Felix Jury. The magenta pink flowers are HUGE and appear from early spring. Quite a sight in full flower. Plant in a sheltered spot in well drained acid soil for best results. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
This Magnolia flowers a little later in Spring than most. The flowers are deep reddish pink at the base fading to pale pink towards the top. The tree has a good strong pyramidal shape making it an ideal feature tree. Plant in a sunny sheltered spot in acid soil. Deciduous.
Colour: Purple / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 4m
Yulan Magnolia Hybrid. Simple, elegant goblet shaped blooms of ivory white open from furry buds in late spring. The blooms have a delightful fragrance. Fresh green summer foliage. Flowers 3 weeks later than denudata so great for those places that get late frosts. Best in a sheltered position in acid soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 4m
This graceful Magnolia is so highly thought of it has received an AGM from the Royal Horticultural Society. The flower form is long, narrow and cupped. The flowers are softly scented and toned a rosy pink shade fading to palest pink with a faint stripe. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Pink / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2.5m
Another drop dead gorgeous hybrid from the Jury breeding programme. Large rounded goblet shaped blooms in a soft shade of honey yellow. The petals are of good substance and the flowers appear early spring on bare branches. Plant in a sheltered position in acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
A beautiful Magnolia with yellow blooms made up of narrow petals that have just a hint of rose at the base. The flowers open just as the textured green leaves appear. Overall the tree has a slim, upright growth habit. Plant in a sunny sheltered position in acid soil. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Yellow / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m