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Magnolia delavayi

Delavay's magnolia

Large rounded evergreen shrub or tree about 10m tall, with broad, leathery leaves, to 35cm long, and fragrant, cup-shaped pale creamy-white flowers to 20cm wide produced in summer; ideal for a warm wall

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Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Chalk
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Magnoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Correct

Plant range
China

How to grow

Cultivation

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 tolerate dry, alkaline soil conditions. See magnolia cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed in autumn and spring, by semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to early autumn or layering in early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Climber and wall shrubs
Pruning

Pruning group 9 or can be wall-trained, see magnolia pruning

Pests

May be susceptible to scale insects, horse chestnut scale and capsid bug

Diseases

May be susceptible to coral spot, phytophthora, grey moulds, honey fungus, a virus or fungal leaf spot

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