Magnolia × loebneri 'Leonard Messel'
magnolia 'Leonard Messel'
Rounded, deciduous shrub or small tree to about 8m in height, with narrowly mid-green leaves to 12cm in length. Flowers lilac-pink, paler within, scented, to 10cm in width, with about twelve narrow tepals, and opening before the leaves in mid-spring
Ultimate height4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spread4–8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or South–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
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
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds. Will grow in moist alkaline soils. Further magnolia cultivation advice
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
Minimal pruning required, see magnolia pruning. Deciduous magnolias should only be pruned between midsummer and early autumn
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