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Genie's main feature is its stunning large fragrant crimson purple flowers. The flower buds are a black-red as they emerge, with a soft sheen, opening to a full deep crimson colour, initially against bare branches.

Genie flowers over 3-4 weeks in May, making it longer-lasting than many other Magnolias. It may produce a secondary display of flowers in the summer. It also flowers from a young age.

The tree grows with a neat compact habit, reaching perhaps 3m after 10 years. It makes a good choice if you are new to growing Magnolias.

Genie magnolia trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £85.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
    Sorry we have sold out for this season

How to grow

Genie is cold-hardy, and the blossom has some frost-resistance, but it does best in a sheltered spot in free-draining neutral or slightly acidic soil.


Genie was developed in New Zealand by Vance Hooper, and is a complex hybrid derived from Magnolia soulangeana crossed with Magnolia lilliflora.

Genie characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningPrune after floweringLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteFree-draining site
  • Flower colourCrimson
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Country of originNew Zealand
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • Magnolia
    Watermelon is an attractive Magnolia featuring very large dark red semi-double flowers.