• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Magnolia × soulangeana 'Lennei'

Saucer magnolia 'Lennei'

Saucer magnolia 'Lennei'

© � RHS 1989

  • Other common names Saucer magnolia 'Lennei'

  • Genus Magnolia can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, with large, showy, often fragrant flowers, often opening before the leaves, and sometimes followed by colourful cone-like fruit

  • Family Magnoliaceae / Magnoliaceae

  • Species 'Lennei' is a large, vigorous spreading deciduous shrub to 6m, with large ovate leaves to 25cm in length. Flowers to 10cm in length, goblet-shaped, deep rose-purple outside, near-white within

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay, Sand

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds. Further magnolia cultivation advice

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings from late spring to early summer or semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf

Pests May be damaged by horse chestnut scale, capsid bug and snails

Diseases May be affected by coral spot, grey mould, honey fungus, a virus and fungal leaf spot

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