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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
magnolia 'Caerhays Surprise'
Magnolia can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, with large, showy, often fragrant flowers, often opening before the leaves, and sometimes followed by colourful cone-like fruit
'Caerhays Surprise' is a small, deciduous tree producing waterlily-shaped flowers in mid to late spring. These are lilac pink, with a darker pink flush on the outside of the petals
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Loam
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moist, humus-rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds and/or flowers. Further magnolia cultivation advice
Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Wall-side Borders Low Maintenance
City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf
Pests Susceptible to scale insects
Susceptible to coral spot, honey fungus and phytophthora root rot
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