Saucer Magnolia Trees – Magnolia x Soulangeana


The Saucer Magnolia, also known as Magnolia x Soulangeana, is a strikingly beautiful small tree native to France. Renowned for its large, tulip-like flowers, this tree provides a unique appeal that sets it apart from the more common trees in England.


Saucer Magnolia Trees – Magnolia x Soulangeana

The Saucer Magnolia, also known as Magnolia x Soulangeana, is a strikingly beautiful small tree native to France. Renowned for its large, tulip-like flowers, this tree provides a unique appeal that sets it apart from the more common trees in England.

Distinctive Features

Unlike many English trees, the Saucer Magnolia showcases large, saucer-shaped flowers that are a sight to behold. The flowers, which bloom in early spring before the leaves emerge, are generally a gorgeous blend of white and pink, adding a burst of colour to the late winter garden.

Ideal for British Garden Design

The Saucer Magnolia is a popular choice for British gardens, thanks to its remarkable flowers and manageable size. Typically reaching a height and spread of 4-6 metres, it’s perfect for small to medium-sized gardens. Its broad, spreading habit and attractive, multi-stemmed form make it a delightful specimen tree.

The stunning spring display of flowers is a welcome sight after the winter and provides a fantastic contrast to the bare branches. When the leaves do emerge, they are large, dark green, and offer a lush backdrop to the summer garden.

Wildlife Benefits

The Saucer Magnolia offers a valuable early source of nectar for bees and other pollinators emerging in the spring, supporting local biodiversity.

Growth and Lifespan

The Saucer Magnolia has a moderate growth rate and can live for several decades under the right conditions. Its smaller size means it’s quicker to reach maturity compared to larger trees, often starting to flower when it’s just a few years old.

Flowering, Fruit, and Reproduction

Blooming in early spring, the Saucer Magnolia offers a striking display of large, fragrant flowers that can reach up to 10 cm in diameter. After flowering, it produces small, knobbly, green fruit that aren’t particularly ornamental but do add some late-summer interest.

Distribution in the UK

Saucer Magnolias are often seen in domestic gardens and public parks across the UK, especially in urban areas where their tolerance of pollution is beneficial. Their ability to thrive in most types of soil (including chalk, clay, sand, and loam) and in both full sun and part shade contributes to their widespread popularity.

In conclusion, the Saucer Magnolia is an enchanting addition to any garden. Its impressive spring display and year-round interest make it an ideal choice for those wanting to add a touch of spectacle to their outdoor space. With its manageable size and minimal maintenance needs, it’s an easily accessible way to bring a bit of drama to any British garden.


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Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root


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Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type



Not Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Small Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing






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