Magnolia × soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
saucer magnolia 'Alba Superba'
An upright shrub or small tree, to 7m tall, with oval dark green leaves, up to 20cm long, and large, scented, goblet-shaped flowers, white with a slight purple flush at the base
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Ultimate height4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spread4–8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–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
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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. See magnolia cultivation
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- City and courtyard gardens
- Flower borders and beds
Minimal pruning required, see magnolia pruning. Deciduous magnolias should only be pruned between midsummer and early autumn
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