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Magnolia acuminata
Daphne has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Daphne is one of the best of the yellow-flowered Magnolias, the flowers have a really rich yellow colour.

Daphne also flowers over a longer flowering period than most Magnolias. The flowers appear slightly ahead of the leaves but the leaves eventually catch up.

It's compact habit makes it a good choice for smaller gardens.

Daphne magnolia trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £85.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

How to grow

Daphne is one of the later-flowering Magnolias, which should mean you are less likely to see frost-damage on the flowers.


Daphne was developed from Miss Honeybee crossed with Gold Crown at the Wespelaar Arboretum in Belgium in the 1990s.

Daphne characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowers
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteFree-draining site
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceLeaves and Flowers appear together
  • Country of originBelgium
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Daybreak
    Magnolia x brooklynensis
    Daybreak is another good compact Magnolia suitable for smaller gardens.