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A picture of a Saucer Magnolia

Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia × soulangeana

Also known as

Chinese Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangeana by cs.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of some pink Magnolia x soulangeana flowers on a plant
A close up of some Magnolia × soulangeana flowers

Saucer Magnolia Overview

Magnolia × soulangeana is a deciduous tree from the Magnoliaceae family. Grown for the globlet-shaped, spring blooms, this plant has a spreading habit, growing to 6m in height. Commonly known by the names Saucer Magnolia and Chinese Magnolia. Leaves are oval in shape and measure up to 20cm in length. Flowers appear from early spring well before the leaves, making a striking display. The flowers may be pink, white or purple in colour, measuring up to 25cm in diameter. Grow in full sun to partial shade and moist, well-draining soil.

Common problems with Saucer Magnolia

How to harvest Saucer Magnolia

Branches of flowers can be cut and used in the vase during flowering time.

How to propagate Saucer Magnolia


Greenwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Special features of Saucer Magnolia

Hedge plant

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

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