• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide; 25 ft. tall if trained into tree form.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mag-NOH-li-a
    Plant type:Magnolia, Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Reaches 15 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide; 25 ft. tall if trained into tree form.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design IdeasPlant Vulcan in the front yard, where it will be the talk of the neighborhood. Its potent red flowers are unusual among Magnolia and are so vivid they can be seen at the far end of a deep city lot. Just as beautiful up close, around foundations, patios and porches. Narrow enough to dress up side-yards where it can be viewed from indoors. Super for marking gates and entries, or as a pair in formal shrub or perennial gardens.
    Companion PlantsLily-of-the-Valley Shrub (Pieris); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Snowberry (Symphoricarpos); Camellia (Camellia); Azalea (Azalea); Clethra (Clethra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in enriched, well-drained soils but highly adaptable. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system; water deeply, less frequently when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter; pruning seldom needed. young trees may be pruned to remove crossed or competing branches, to improve shape..
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    There are 35 species in the genus Magnolia named after Pierre Magnol, an 18th century botanist of Montpellier, France. Among the countless hybrids is this group of M. x soulangiana cultivars. All are descended from white flowered Yulan Magnolia, M. denudata from China and red flowered M. lilliflora from Japan. This first cross in 1820 and the subsequent varieties were named for Chevalier Soulange-bodin, who raised the first hybrid in France.
    Early breeding of Asian magnolia species began in France because the first imported species arrived there early on. The Jesuit missionaries in China were French and often became amateur botanists, collecting new plants to be sent back to Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Not until later did many of these species become established in British horticultural circles from which our English language texts originate.