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Magnolia soulangeana - Tulip Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia soulangiana is a small ornamental tree, often kept at a garden scale by regular pruning. Tulip Magnolia is sometimes called a Tulip Tree. There is another tree that also carries that Tulip Tree name, African Tulip Tree, Spathodea, and a second Liriodendron tulipfera causing some common name confusion. Magnolia soulangeana is a great small tree. And for the month that the Tulip Magnolia is in bloom it is extraordinary. The blossoms of Magnolia soulangeana are 4 inches across or more. The Tulip Magnolia Tree can get to 20' or more but is much more manageable if kept under 10-15'. Shaping and controlling the shape of the tree requires trimming several times each year. The smell of the cut wood and leaves is intoxicating. I find this tree to be a good pairing with a water feature. The reflection of the Magnolia soulangiana flowers off the water works well in any landscape. Magnolia soulangeana often repeat blooms lightly through the Summer and Fall. The magnolias are in one of the more primitive flowering plant families. I find the simplicity of the flower structure to be very sculptural.

Magnolia soulangeana, Tulip Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia

Pink backed white petals of Magnolia soulangeana - Tulip Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.