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Fairy CreamTM

Magnolia laevifolia

Fairy Cream is a new Magnolia, featuring masses of cup-shaped creamy white flowers which emerge in the spring from bright brown flower cases. The flowers contrast nicely with the dark evergreen leaves.

The flowers are also scented - Fairy Cream is perhaps the most fragrant of the 'Fairy' Magnolias.

Fairy Cream magnolia trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £73.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

How to grow

Fairy Cream grows with a shrub-like habit, and should reach a maximum height of about 3m in UK conditions.


Fairy Cream belongs to the species Magnolia laevifolia, which in the UK is generally evergreen and retains its leaves over winter, although it may shed them and re-grow them in a bad spring. Evergreen Magnolias are sometimes known as Michelias, a separate genus in the Magnolia family, but modern DNA testing suggested they should be included within the genus Magnolia.

This species is also very precocious, producing flowers from a much younger age than the more established Magnolia species. 

Fairy Cream characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningPrune after flowering
  • Growth rateFast
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteFree-draining site
  • Flower colourCream
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceLeaves appear first semi-evergreen
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Annual cycleEvergreen

Similar varieties

  • Magnolia laevifolia
    Fairy Blush
    A small semi-evergreen Magnolia with fragrant lilac pink flowers.
  • Magnolia laevifolia
    Fairy White
    Fairy White is a small semi-evergreen Magnolia with long-lasting pure white cup-shaped flowers.