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(Bull bay)

Native to the southern United States of America Magnolia grandiflora is a large, rounded evergreen shrub or tree with dense, glossy dark green, leathery oblong-elliptic leaves, often rusty brown beneath.

The gloriously large creamy cup shaped flowers of up to 25cm across which have a complex lemon citronella scented fragrance appear in late summer and look magnificent against the dark background of the leaves. These are followed by the rose-coloured fruit up to 10cm long and 5cm wide.

It is often recommended for seashore plantings in areas that are windy but have little salt spray. A sheltered positon is preferred to avoid winter damage to the thick foliage, however this species will take any moist, well drained soil, even chalk is tolerated.

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Plant Profile

Name: Magnolia grandiflora

Common Name: Bull Bay

Family: Magnoliaceae

Height: Can grow up to 25/30 metres

Width: Can grow over 8 metres

Demands: Full sun or partial shade, avoid North facing aspects.

Soil: Well drained but moist sand, chalk, clay or loam

Foliage: Evergreen

Flower: Cream

Magnolia grandiflora info sheet

FACT: Its common name derives from the leaves being like those of the red bay and its large size.

The timber of the Magnolia grandiflora is hard and heavy and has been used commercially to make furniture, pallets and veneer.

Magnolia grandiflora 18-20cm

Magnolia grandiflora 18-20cm

Flower of Magnolia grandiflora

Flower of Magnolia grandiflora

Foliage of Magnolia grandiflora

Foliage of Magnolia grandiflora

Large feathered Magnolia grandiflora 5/6m

Large feathered Magnolia grandiflora 5/6m

Magnolia grandiflora feathered 3/3.5m

Magnolia grandiflora feathered 3/3.5m



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