Magnolia

Magnolia denudata 'Yellow River'

Magnolia - Magnolia denudata  'Yellow River'

Common Name: Magnolia
Genus: Magnolia
Species: denudata
Cultivar: 'Yellow River'

Pierre Magnol was a Professor of Botany during the 16th century.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Large elegant creamy yellow goblet-shaped flowers open from yellow buds in April and May on bare branches. This Magnolia forms a natural dome shape and has spreading horizontal branches that give it an elegance even when not in flower. This rare variety makes a superb specimen tree for a small garden. It is best grown in fertile well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. A great tree for a woodland garden where it can be sheltered by other trees - it does not like exposed windy sites.

  • Magnolias can be a little tricky to grow to begin with but the rewards are well worth it. The main thing is to avoid planting in a frost pocket as this will damage the emerging buds especially spring-flowering varieties. The same is true for exposed and windy spots. Once established magnolias are fairly low maintenance though, newly planted trees benefit from a good deep mulch in spring to get them started.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches after flowering. The best time to plant is in April, adding plenty of peat to the planting hole in a sheltered spot. Mulch in spring with manure and leafmould especially on dry soils.

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