Magnolia soulangeana - Tulip Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia
This small Tulip Magnolia is sometimes called a Tulip Tree. There is another tree that also carries that Tulip Tree name causing some 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 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.
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