Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Tree
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Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia - multi stem

Magnolia x soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra'

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Make your home look like it belongs on the cover of a magazine! Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia gives your landscape a romantic feel. In spring, its plump, Pussy Willow-like buds burst open to reveal big, blousy blossoms that are rosy pink on the outside and white within -- the result is a captivating two-tone effect. This heirloom Tree becomes a majestic specimen with a graceful, rounded, open architecture. It will reach about 25 feet tall and wide under optimum conditions. Give it room to spread out, showcasing it in the front yard, beside the deck, or outside the picture window. Gorgeous! 

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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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. Rustica Rubra is a classic variety of Saucer Magnolia that was developed in the Netherlands in the late 1800s. 

The Details

Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia flowers give off a gentle perfume, making the delightful display even sweeter. Plant it near an entrance or a walkway, so that passersby will appreciate the fragrance. A bench placed beneath its branches would also be a nice touch. 

How to Grow

Give your Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia a sunny spot in a well-drained site, and it will be happy. A rich, organic, slightly acid soil will result in the best growth. Like most Magnolia Trees, Rustica Rubra dislikes both very wet and very dry conditions, so plant it a couple of inches above grade to improve drainage, and supply it with regular water, especially during the first year or two of establishment. A generous layer of mulch will help in regulating soil moisture levels as well as evening out root zone temperatures. Rustica Rubra requires little pruning. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 20-25' Tall
Avg Mature Width 20-25' Wide
Spacing 20-25'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Pink/White
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Rustica Rubra Saucer Magnolia - multi stem Tree