Bull bay

Magnolia grandiflora

Bull bay - Magnolia grandiflora

Common Name: Bull bay
Genus: Magnolia
Species: grandiflora

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

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 16.00 m (1600 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 15.00 m (1500 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

An impressive evergreen tree with leathery dark green glossy leaves with rust-coloured hairs underneath. In late summer and early autumn large fragrant pure white goblet-shaped flowers open from upright woolly buds at the end of the shoots. This tree looks magnificent grown as a wall shrub or as a large specimen tree in a sheltered spot. This variety is tolerant of chalky soils.

  • Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot away from strong winds. 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 or leaf mould especially on dry soils.


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