I would love to plant one of those beautiful, I believe it's called Chinese
magnolia trees. The blossoms I'm looking for look like masses of tulips,
white inside and purple- pink outside. Can you help me? I live in Los
Angeles (near LAX) and see them all over the place, but trying to find one
in the nursery is tough. Went to a nursery today, no tags on the trees.
Can't tell what color blooms would be.
If you have one can you share your experience with them. I would like to put
one in the front yard.
Thanks for any help,
well it sounds like you're describing magnolia soulangeana. There are
several varieties which come in slightly different colors, but the basic
description you gave fits most of them. I suspect you'd be pleased with any
variety of this plant which your nursery carries. Sometimes they are called
saucer magnolias, sometimes tulip trees, and sometimes japanese magnolias.
Common varieties are Lennei, and Alexandrina.
M. soulangeana actually grows as a large shrub. It can be pruned
to resemble a small tree, but that is not its natural habit of
Inland (e.g., San Fernando Valley), M. soulangeana needs some
protection from the summer sun. Where you live, that should not be
Note that this is a deciduous shrub, going leafless in the winter.
Generally, it then blooms in the early spring, just before new
leaves appear. After blooming, it's still a nice looking plant.
If you want an evergreen magnolia that is a true tree and blooms in
the summer, try M. grandiflora. This is the classic southern
magnolia with white flowers that grows to 80 feet.
I believe the reference is to a tree/bush that grows 10 to 20 feet,
bushing almost to ground level, with the blooms on all limbs. They
bloom in the spring before they put out leaves. I'd go to a private
nursery instead of the big box store nursery. They'll know what they
On the other hand, if it's about the 60 to 80 foot tall tulip popular
lumber tree, I would NOT have one on my property. Almost as messy as
who has all the popular leaves and blooms I want blowing from 1/2
at your place, you don't have to stick to Magnolia x soulangeana. Look
for one of the newer M. campbellii hybrids from New Zealand or look for
the last generation Jury hybrids.
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