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Magnolia wilsonii

Magnolia wilsonii has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

The species Magnolia wilsonii has large white saucer-shaped flowers, up to 10cm across, with prominent staments. The flowers have a characteristic drooping habit, and a strong fragrance.

Unusually among Magnolias, the leaves and flowers appear at about the same time - in most Magnolias the flowers appear well in advance of the leaves.

After the flowers Magnolia wilsonii often produces cylindrical fruit pods in the autumn.

Its bark and flowers are used in Chinese medicine.

Magnolia wilsonii magnolia trees for sale

    Sorry we have not produced any trees of this variety this season.

    How to grow

    Magnolia wilsonii is capable of eventually reaching 5m in UK conditions. It does best in partial shade.


    This species of Magnolia is named after E.H. Wilson, who discovered it in China in 1904. 

    Magnolia wilsonii characteristics

    • Gardening skillBeginner
    • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 1993
    • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersScented flowers
    • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
    • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • SunlightSome shade
    • PruningPrune after floweringNo need to prune
    • Growth rateAverage
    • Site conditionsSheltered siteFree-draining site
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
    • Flowering monthApril
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
    • Leaf/Flower sequenceLeaves and Flowers appear together
    • Country of originChina
    • Annual cycleDeciduous