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Magnolia Grandiflora Ferruginea is an evergreen magnolia that flowers in the summertime rather than spring like its deciduous cousins. The cultivar ‘Ferruginea’ differentiates itself by its copper red colouring of the under leaf. It flowers mid to late summer with goblet shaped flowers of creamy white and as one would expect, highly fragrant. A beautiful decorative, evergreen tree with compact growth habit.
Magnolia Grandiflora Ferrunginea’s ovate foliage is a deep glossy green all year round with a coppery red colouring on the leathery underleaf. In breezy weather this feature is highly attractive. In summer showy, large and fragrant flowers burst from woolly tipped buds. These goblet-shaped cream flowers are citrus-scented and measure up to nine inches across. Magnolia flowers are truly stunning and many gardeners choose this tree purely for its yearly flower display.
Magnolia Grandiflora Ferruginea has a more compact habit than the standard Bull Bay Magnolia, making it suitable for most sized garden. Its maximum height is approximately ten metres with a five metre spread. Its canopy of tidy foliage develops into a rounded shape and doesn’t drop in the winter.
How Hardy Is Magnolia Grandiflora Ferruginea?
Magnolia Grandiflora is hardy throughout the UK. It will fare better in a sheltered spot where foliage and flowers are protected from cold drying winds.
How To Use Magnolia Grandiflora Ferruginea
Magnolia Grandiflora looks remarkable however you grow it, but the most popular ways are as a wall shrub or a specimen tree. When grown against a sheltered wall Grandiflora Magnolia Ferruginea can really thrive. Alternately, plant it as a specimen tree directly into the lawn. This variety of magnolia looks good all year round, so chose a spot you can see from the window and the outdoor seating area too.
How To Care For Magnolia Grandiflora Ferruginea
When it’s planted in the right situation Magnolia Grandiflora Ferruginea requires little care. It needs space to grow and prefers a sunny or partially shaded spot. Neutral to alkaline soils are best for a Magnolia Grandiflora. A sheltered spot will ensure foliage looks its best and that the flowers are not damaged by strong winds.
Magnolias rarely need pruning because they have a compact habit, but you can remove any bent, broken or damaged branches in spring. They appreciate mulch with leaf mould or well-rotted manure in spring too.
Magnolia Grandiflora Ferruginea is a stunning addition to the garden. It’s certainly a tree for all seasons. Large scented flowers on glossy foliage belie a tough plant that keeps on giving year after year.