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Tree of the Month - September 2016

Posted: August 24, 2016 at 11:16 am Author: Dan Crowley

What is tree of the month?

Magnolia grandiflora


Why is it tree of the month?

The evergreen magnolia from the south east United States is fairly often seen growing against walls in this part of the world but in slightly warmer climes it can make an impressive standalone tree.

There are many forms in cultivation with some noted for foliage but the real treat is the flowers. Appearing in late summer through early autumn, these can be over 20cm across and are creamy white and very nicely scented. Its tendency to flower somewhat intermittently means there is plenty of opportunity to have a good look.

Where can I find it?

Our best specimen grows against a wall of Keepers Cottage, adjacent to Propagation.

...with Dendrologist Dan Crowley.
...with Dendrologist Dan Crowley.