Magnolia Big Dude

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: Pink - light

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

Big Dude trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
2-year Big Dude tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
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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 characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Sheltered site Free-draining site
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Pruning: No need to prune
  • Gardening skill: Beginner


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Flower form: Semi-double flower (10-20 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Flowers appear first
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous