Magnolia(Deciduous) - - Semi-mature and mature Magnolia 'Elizabeth'

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Magnolia 'Elizabeth' - Magnolia Elizabeth

 

Family:

Magnoliaceae

Origins:

(M.acuminata (American) x M.denudata (Chinese) This cross was made in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1956.

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree

Size:

5m x 8m

Habit/ Form:

Usually an erect tree with a short trunk and many lateral branches to the ground, often becoming broader with age.

Leaves:

Alternate, whorled on the spur branches, broad ovate, 150 - 200mm x 70 - 100mm, dark green, turning brown in autumn.

Flowers:

Tulip shaped, fragrant primrose-yellow flowers are borne on bare branches in early spring.

Fruit:

Not seen, thought to be sterile.

Bark / Trunk:

Trunk bark smooth grey brown.

Vigour / Longevity:

Moderately vigorous, long-lived.

Environmental Requirements:

Prefers sunny positions with protection from hot western sun and winds. Can tolerate part sun positions, but flowering will be reduced.

Hardiness:

Protect from hot dry winds and late frosts.

Soil / Drainage:

Prefers well drained soils that have been improved with organic matter and a mildly acid to neutral pH. Mulch the shallow feeding roots to protect them from drying out. Be careful when weeding or digging not to damage the shallow feeding roots.

Pruning:

Prune after flowering, train to a single leader, then only to improve the shape, or to remove crossing branches. Remove the entire shoot, rather than just shortening it, shortened shoots tend to become stunted.

Watering:

Keep moist to avoid leaf burn.

Fertilising:

Fertilise with a complete fertiliser after flowering, until established, then only to invigorate an old plant.

Pests / Diseases:

Leaf burn occurs in hot dry areas, on saline soils, or from fertiliser salts build up in the soil. Iron deficiencies occur on alkaline soils.

Uses:

Perfumed flower contrast tree, (especially in front of dark evergreen trees), deciduous shade tree, deciduous habit contrast tree and winter gardens.

 

 

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