Magnolia x soulangiana 'Rustica Rubra' flowers
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Height: 30 feet
Spread: 30 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5
This spectacular magnolia, features masses of cup-shaped fragrant pink flowers in early spring, large spreading habit of growth; superb accent plant for the average home landscape; sensitive to late spring frosts
Rustica Rubra Magnolia is covered in stunning fragrant pink cup-shaped flowers with white overtones held atop the branches from mid to late spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The furrowed gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
Rustica Rubra Magnolia is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Rustica Rubra Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Rustica Rubra Magnolia will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.