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MAGNOLIA x soulangiana 'Big Pink'

Image of Magnolia x soulangiana 'Big Pink'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Magnoliaceae

Botanical Name

MAGNOLIA x soulangiana 'Big Pink'

Plant Common Name

Saucer Magnolia

General Description

The most widely planted of the magnolias, saucer magnolia is a broad, spreading, often multi-stemmed tree resulting from the cross between Yulan magnolia and lily magnolia. The voluptuous, rosy purple, cup-shaped flowers of the vigorous cultivar 'Big Pink' are borne primarily in spring before the large oval leaves emerge, but also sparsely and sporadically through summer. The smooth, gray bark is attractive year round. It blooms toward the end of the saucer magnolia season, making it a good choice for areas prone to late frosts.

Saucer magnolia thrives in sun or light shade and slightly acidic, evenly moist soil. It makes a beautiful lawn tree but also excels in groupings or near buildings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Pink, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No