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Big Dude

As the name suggests the unmissable feature of Big Dude is the huge flowers, sometimes reaching almost a third of a metre across. They are dark pink on the outside, and light pink to almost white inside. As the flowers get larger their weight causes them to hang to downwards.

The flowers are also lightly scented.

Big Dude starts out as a single stem, but has a tendency to become multi-stemmed over time.

Big Dude magnolia for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).

How to grow

Big Dude is one of the most cold-hardy of Magnolias, capable of withstanding winter temperatures far colder than we get in the UK. However the flowers are still delicate and the tree will do best if planted in a sheltered location.


Big Dude is a hybrid of Magnolia x soulangea 'Wada's Picture' and Magnolia sprengeri 'Diva'.  

Big Dude characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Flowering seasonMid-season
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSemi-double flower (10-20 petals)
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
  • PruningNo need to prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteFree-draining site
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous