- Because magnolias hate being dry, it can be helpful to add some Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals into the planting medium before planting out.
- Summer heat and drought often cause most seasonal damage to magnolias and it’s not unusual for the leaves to develop brown edges in late summer. Good watering and mulching will reduce this problem. You can also assist them to retain moisture by applying Yates Droughtshield during very hot weather.
- Keep plants watered during dry weather but don’t let too much water sit around their roots. If unsure, check the soil prior to watering.
- Mulch annually after flowering with a thick layer of organic material.
- Evergreen magnolias can be trimmed back, but seasonal pruning should be avoided with most of the deciduous varieties unless absolutely necessary.
- Apply some Yates Soil Wetter Concentrate in spring and summer; its soil wetting properties will ensure that moisture gets straight through to the roots which is important during the hotter weather.
- These plants are a popular choice for formal gardens due to their strong form, flowers and leafy growth.
Species that are commonly grown include:
Ground Morning Glory (C. Sabatius ssp. mauritanicus).Popular plant for the warmer, humid climates. This species has lovely green leaves and a trailing habit that lusciously hangs over edges of retaining walls or baskets. Flowers appear on the plant from spring to autumn and are available in white or purple forms.
Bull Bay Magnolia (M. grandiflora)Large evergreen tree that can grow up to 20 metres in height. Best grown in large areas as its ultimate size and form is similar to that of a Moreton Bay Fig tree. Not recommended for the home garden.
Dwarf Magnolia (M. grandiflora ‘Little Gem’)‘Little Gem’ Magnolia is an evergreen variety that can grow to about 4 metres tall. It has white creamy flowers that appear in the spring and summer and lovely deep green leaves with bronze colouring on the underside.
‘Teddy Bear’ Magnolia (M. grandiflora ‘Teddy Bear’)Very popular tree for the home garden. Leaves are similar to that of the ‘Little Gem’ Magnolia but it can grow to about 6 metres. Flowers appear in summer.
Port Wine Magnolia (M. figo, syn. Michelia figo)Evergreen shrub that grows to around 3 metres tall. Leaves on this tree are small and light green, with small pinky-white flowers that have a scent reminiscent of bubble gum that appear from September to November. These plants can be kept trimmed back and hedged or shaped into balls.
Black Tulip Magnolia (M. x soulangeana ‘Black Tulip’)Small deciduous tree that can grow to 5 metres in height. This variety produces large deep purple tulip-like flowers in spring.
Yulan Magnolia (M. denudata)Small decidious tree that can grow to 5 metres tall. In Spring they produce a lovely large white flower that stands out on their bare branches.
Felix Magnolia (M.’Felix’)
Small decidious tree that can grow to about 4 metres in height. It produces large fragrant flowers (around 30cm in width!) in a very hot-pink colour. A great feature tree for any garden.