Yulan magnolia is the most spectacular species among white flowering magnolias. The flowers are snow white and appear on bare branches in April. The bark is quite dark and offers a nice contrast to the flowers.Deciduous leaves are oval to obovate, upto 15 cm long, mid green of a shade that remains nice and fresh until the autumn when the leaves turn yellow and fall down. It grows moderately into a more or less regular, narrowly pyramidal shape. It is a dense shrub or tree freely flowering every year. It is tolerant of air-pollution in towns.
Magnolias are not supposed to be pruned. You can prune old shrubs if ill, or trim them to shape or to reduce size, or make an elementary cut to young plants of unsightly or unhealthy appearance. Do this as soon as possible after flowering to secure setting of flower buds for the following year. Be aware that each magnolia can respond differently to pruning.
Deciduous magnolias are quite easy plants. All they need is light, well-drained, acidic soil with equal moisture throughout the year. Once established they can do with occasional drought but will not look as nice as the ones with regular watering. Just pay attention to how to plant your magnolia. First, find it a spot where it will live forever and ever. It does not like transplanting. And as it makes shallow roots reaching well over its spread stay away from disturbing the roots by digging or messing about around it. Just cover the soil with bark mulch and do not plant anything else near it after say the second year after planting onwards. You could damage the very important top roots that absorb maximum moisture and nutrients from the soil. Also avoid planting magnolia too deep. Thus you could be digging its grave. It is fully hardy to USDA zone 5. Just make sure it is not in a too exposed windy area. We still recommend mulching it well to keep it moist in any season.
Size/type: medium-sized tree
Usual height: 6-10m
Leaves: deciduous broadleaf
Colour of leaves: green
Colour of flowers: white
Blooming time: april - april
Location: full to partial sun
Usda zone (lowest): 5 (down to -29°c)
Belongs to categories: deciduous broadleaf, magnolias
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