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Question: I want to plant a magnolia tree in February. I don't care which nursey it is purchased at I just want to be able to buy it that time of the year. I'm looking for a large saucer type flower pink to maroon in color. Would like for it to have a fragant smell if possible. The tree can grow up to 30 feet high and wide. I'm already preparing a hole for it and just want the opportunity to get on somewhere. What kind would you suggest, and where can I go to purchase it. I live 35 miles east of Salem, OR. Zone 6. Hope you can help me. Thanks!

Answer: As long as the ground isn't frozen, you can plant a tree in February. Just be sure to provide water on a regular basis if rainfall is sparse. Saucer type magnolias are Magnolia x soulangeana. These are deciduous rather than evergreen trees. The cultivars with pink flowers include 'Alexandrina', 'Burgandy', 'M. lennei', 'Pink Supurba', ' Diva' and 'Rustica Rubra'. Of all the above, 'Diva' is the most fragrant. You may have to do a little shopping around by phone as nurseries do not always carry tree stock into February. Nurseries in your area carrying Monrovia products include Youngblood Nursery, 8125 Windsor Island Rd.,Salem, OR 97303,(503) 390-8619;
Davidson's Landscape Services, 134 Missouri S.E., Salem, OR 97302, (503) 585-0299 and Willow Lake Nursery-N., 5655 Windsor Island Road North, Salem, OR 97303, (503) 390-3032

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