Saucer Magnolia Growing Conditions – Caring For Saucer Magnolias In Gardens

The saucer magnolia (Magnoliaceae) is one of the most popular flowering trees in North America. It is native to Europe and Asia.

They are very hardy plants that thrive in all climates, but they prefer moist soil with occasional rainfall. They grow well in full sun or partial shade, and are tolerant of poor soils and poor drainage conditions. They do not tolerate high temperatures either. These plants require a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight per day during the growing season. When grown in containers, they will produce fruit every two years.

In general, saucer magnolias are drought tolerant and tolerates dry spells better than other species such as azaleas and dahlias. However, they are still susceptible to frost damage if grown under cold conditions (below freezing).

Saucer Magnolia Varieties:

There are several different types of saucer magnolias. The most common type is the “big eye” variety, which produces large round fruits that are usually greenish red in color.

Other varieties include the “little eye” variety, which produce smaller round fruits that are yellowish orange in color; and the “heart shaped” variety, which produce small heart shaped fruits that have a pale pink center.

These plants can also be propagated from cuttings or seed.

Saucer magnolias are often grown as a hedge or decorative fence for privacy and windbreaks. They require pruning or thinning out to keep them from becoming overgrown or “leggy”.

In addition, they are susceptible to infestation by various insects and diseases such as powdery mildew and root rot, especially if the soil they are planted in is poorly drained.

Sources & references used in this article:

Magnolia cultivars flower from April through summer by BBG Record, F TREES – Special Issues, 1970

Guidelines for designing healing gardens by DJ Chapman – Weeds Trees and Turf (USA), 1981 –

Making the Most of Shade: How to Plan, Plant, and Grow a Fabulous Garden that Lightens Up the Shadows by M Eckerling – Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 1996 – JSTOR

Some old and new interspecific Magnolia hybrids by L Hodgson – 2005 –



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