We have had a magnolia tree in the ground about 4 years now. It was
about 6 feet high when we planted it, and now it is probably over 8
feet. Every year it gets new growth but no flowers. Is it still too
young? Is there some type of fertizilizer that I should be using to
You don't say where you are located or the type of magnolia, but you should
be aware that some forms of early blooming magnolias can have their blossoms
damaged by late frosts. And as the other poster stated, some species can
take a considerable time to reach flowering maturity, however many of the
more popular, commonly sold species (x soulangiana, x loebneri, stellata)
will flower at a very young age. They also tend to be the ones most often
affected by cold damage to flower buds.
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I bought one in bloom to plant out in the burbs. a soulangiana. I put it
row of trees that would shade it early in the year and it is more of an
tree and it has always bloomed later than others I see plunked out into the
of the lawn. no late frost damage. Milwaukee is full of soulangiana because the
lake moderates the temp and last frosts are unusual.. drive 15 miles west and
get hit pretty bad.
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I planted a soulangeana (rustica rubra) in 1997 which was a good-sized
balled-and-burlapped number which failed to bloom for six years. (We moved
away from that house in 1999 without ever seeing a bloom). However, it grew
very well. Finally the past two years it has begun to bloom, with quite
beautiful large blossoms. It is now about 10 feet tall with nearly the same
spread. It was not a case of winter-damaged buds, because the flower buds
develop in the fall, and they were never present in those earlier years.
However, I'm grateful I'm not living there, because the blooms appear much
lighter pink than I had envisioned. I have been searching for a long time
for a beautiful large tree-sized cultivar I passed regularly in Tallahassee,
Florida, with deep purple buds, which opened deep purple - not pink - like
beautiful purple tulips.
Could this have been Magnolia 'Galaxy'?
"The National Arboretum presents Magnolia 'Galaxy', unique in form and
flower among cultivated magnolias. 'Galaxy' is a single-stemmed, tree-form
magnolia with ascending branches, the perfect shape for narrow planting
sites. In spring, dark red-purple flowers appear after danger of frost,
providing a pleasing and long-lasting display. Choose 'Galaxy' to shape up
Thanks for the link, but, no, I don't think it was this tree. First of all,
the tree I'm talking about was full-grown in 1992 when this cultivar was
released. No, it must be an old but rare cultivar of Magnolia soulangeana.
Some descriptions of M.s.Lennei mention deep purple buds, but I have never
seen it in flower to compare with my memory, and I have never seen it for
sale in a nursery. What always struck be about this tree, other than the
dark purple buds, is that it didn't give the pink and white impression that
almost all saucer magnolias make when most of the flowers are fully open,
but stayed in that darker color range. I'm even wondering if it might have
been some cultivar of magnolia campbellei.
Thank you for that link, Gotthelf.
The plant I remember looked VERY MUCH like the black tulip variety
pictured on that site. However, I last saw it about 9 years ago, preceding
the release of that cultivar. But that is the exact look of the flower -
purplish red inside and out. It's spectacular. I'll have to see whether this
"black tulip" variety will ever be released in the US.
you are right. "Black Tulip" is an eye catcher. This Cross was made by
Jury, New Zealand. Other hybrids produced by one of the Jury's like
"Apollo" or "Athene" are readily available in your country. So I expect
this one also to be on sale. Did you check the nursery list of the magnolia
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