looking for a dark reddish purple saucer magnolia - Knowledgebase Question

Westfield, nj
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Question by bmbaron
April 19, 2006
There are several mature magnolias in my neighborhood with dark reddish purple petals outside, white inside. They bloom before the leaves come out with wide petals. The flowers have a

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2006
I think you are seeing Magnolia soulangiana, either the species or a cultivar of it. The mature trees do tend to take on a slightly cascading look and the blooms are darker pink outside pale pink to white inside. There are many cultivars. Here is some information about it and photos: (You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.)


Here is the Monrovia catalog description: Beautiful lawn tree with huge, saucer-shaped white blooms, pink on outside, on bare branches in late winter into early spring. Spectacular show on spreading, multi-trunked form. Terrific anchor or frame plant for landscapes. Deciduous. Full sun. Fast grower to 20 to 25 feet tall, 25 to 30 feet wide; smaller as a shrub. Cutting grown.

Your local nurseries should carry some, if not you might try mail order. Here are some mail order nurseries that might have a selection:

(These are listed in no particular order.)



Greer Gardens


Fairweather Gardens




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