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White Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangeana 'Alba'

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White Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana 'Alba') at Squak Mountain Nursery

White Saucer Magnolia flowers

White Saucer Magnolia flowers

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Height:  25 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

An exceptional magnolia with abundant cup-shaped, fragrant white flowers in spring before the leaves emerge, coarse foliage and large spreading habit of growth; an ideal feature in the average home landscape, flowers are sensitive to late spring frosts

Ornamental Features

White Saucer Magnolia is covered in stunning fragrant white cup-shaped flowers held atop the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has attractive dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Saucer Magnolia is an open multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded 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.

White Saucer Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

White Saucer Magnolia will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under 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. 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 microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.