Species: M. sprengeri
Common Name: Magnolia
Area of Origin: China
Characteristics: It is a small deciduous tree, growing to 40' in height by 24' wide. with pale grayish brown to blackish brown, exfoliating bark. Young twigs are pale yellowish brown. The dark green leaves are obovate, 4"-7" long and 2"-4" broad. Fragrant flowers appear before leaves, erect, cup-shaped, deep reddish-purple buds that open to breathtakingly beautiful flowers that are pale pink to bright rose-pink to 6" wide, with 12-14 tepals that are white to rosy-red. It flowers late so usually escapes frost damage. The fruit is a cylindric aggregate of follicles around 7" long..
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6
Cultivation needs: Prefers moist, humus rich, acidic well-drained soils. Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf
Typical Pests, Diseases, associated problems: May be affected by coral spot, grey mould, honey fungus, a virus, fungal leaf spot or iron deficiency and lime-induced chlorosis. May be damaged by horse chestnut scale, capsid bug and snails.
Propagation Method: Propagate by softwood or greenwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer to early winter