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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
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.
Other common names
star magnolia 'Water Lily'
Magnolia 'Water Lily'
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
A slow-growing, rounded, medium-sized deciduous shrub with narrowly obovate leaves. Fully open flowers are pure white with around 20 spreading tepals.
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 or East-facing
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moist, humus-rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds. Will grow in moist alkaline soil conditions. Further magnolia cultivation advice
Propagate by semi-hardwood and softwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
City & Courtyard Gardens Patio & Container Plants Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf
Pests May be damaged by horse chestnut scale, capsid bug and snails
May be affected by coral spot, grey mould, honey fungus, a virus or fungal leaf spot
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