Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Tree
Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Leaf
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Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Tree
Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 20-40'
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Saucer Magnolia - multi stem

Magnolia × soulangeana

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A Saucer Magnolia in full bloom in your landscape will make your yard look like the cover of a magazine. When this showboat raises its big pink goblet-shaped flowers to the sky in a joyful toast to spring, passersby will be awestruck. They’ll slow down, trying to take in the incomparable beauty of the blossoms and their heavenly fragrance. During the summer months, this popular Magnolia Tree serves as an excellent privacy screen, or the lower limbs can be removed to create a shady space below for reading or relaxing. In winter, you’ll love the plump, furry gray flower buds (like fat Pussy Willow catkins) that hold the promise of another spectacular spring extravaganza to come.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 20-40'
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

The Saucer Magnolia’s story begins in France, at the garden of Étienne Soulange-Bodin, a soldier in Napoleon’s army. Soulange-Bodin’s true passion wasn’t making war, but growing beautiful plants, and after his army service was completed, he devoted his life to horticulture. In the early 1800s, he had the genius idea to hybridize two different species of Magnolias from China in order to combine their best attributes. His brand new baby Saucer Magnolia first flowered in 1826, and it quickly became a worldwide sensation. By the 1830s, the remarkable new tree had made its way to the U.S., destined to become America’s favorite Magnolia Tree.

The Details

Yes, a late frost can sneak up on a Saucer Magnolia and spoil the show. There really isn’t much you can do about that. However, many people feel that the amazing spectacle the tree puts on during the good years is worth the risk of a frost. Are you a glass-half-full type of person? If so, this is a gamble well worth taking.

How to Grow

Saucer Magnolia benefits from all-day sun, rich soil, and regular irrigation. This tree doesn’t like “wet feet,” so make sure drainage is adequate and don’t plant it too deeply; we recommend planting all trees 2 in. above grade, and this is especially important for Magnolias. Mulch well. You can prevent damage from late frosts to some extent by not planting your tree in a low spot where cold air poolsmake sure that air circulates freely in the area. Any pruning should be done immediately after flowering, as the next year’s flower buds are set during the summer.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun
Avg Mature Height 20-30'
Avg Mature Width 20-30'
Spacing 20-40'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Brown
Flower Color White/Pink/Purple
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Tree
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