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Magnolia x soulangeana Tree

White Tulip Magnolia Trees
  • From £54.99 (ex VAT)
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Probably the most popular and commonly grown deciduous Magnolia variety, Magnolia x soulangeana has very large, tulip shaped white flowers that are flushed purple/pink at the base. The stunning flowers bloom in late spring and are also highly fragrant.

Deciduous dark green, glossy foliage begins bronzed red in spring, maturing to green in summer and fading to yellow in autumn. Magnolia soulangeana forms a rounded, spreading shrub or tree suitable for a small garden. Expect a height and spread of 6 x 4 metres in 20 years.

Also known as a Tulip, Saucer or Chinese Magnolia, Magnolia soulangeana prefers full sun or partial shade in a well-drained soil. Whilst it is more tolerant of wind than some other Magnolia varieties, it is best to avoid exposed positions.

AKA Magnolia soulangiana, Chinese magnolia, Saucer magnolia, Tulip magnolia

  • Common name: White tulip magnolia tree
  • Latin name: Magnolia x soulangeana
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Bronze/red young leaves, dark-green in summer, yellowing in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types and best suited to free-draining situations

Planting Advice for Magnolia x soulangeana Trees

Our pot grown Magnolia soulangeana can be planted at any time of the year. To plant, dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately 2x as wide. Remove weeds and grass within a metre of this location. To help Tulip Magnolias establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the planting hole.

Gently remove the pot but do not try to loosen the roots of Magnolia trees before planting. They have a fleshy root system and can be quite fragile. Place into the hole, then using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree.

For tree forms of Magnolia soulangeana, we recommend using a stake and tie kit and rabbit guard when planting, but these are not needed for the bush forms. The help and advice section has further information and videos.

Aftercare Advice for Magnolia x soulangeana Trees

If you’re planting Tulip Magnolia in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Magnolias do not cope well with dry soils so this is especially important. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Magnolia x soulangeana Trees

Magnolia soulangeana trees can be pruned into shape, but should not be heavily pruned as they can go into shock. Simply remove any damaged branches or any that are growing in an awkward position. If pruning to limit the overall size, stagger your pruning over a few years to alleviate the stress on your tree. Pruning for Magnolia soulangeana should be carried out in mid-summer to early autumn. Avoid pruning in late winter to early spring.

Covid-19: We're pleased to announce that we are back up and running in line with government advice. We have a bit of a backlog of orders and are catching up as we write. Please expect a slightly longer lead time of around 2 – 3 weeks (excludes pre-order and mature trees). Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Magnolia x soulangeana Form: Bush Supplied Size: 90-120cm Root type: 10L pot Magnolia x soulangeana Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 90-120cm 10L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
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Magnolia x soulangeana Form: Bush Supplied Size: 110-130cm Root type: 15L pot Magnolia x soulangeana Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 110-130cm 15L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
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Magnolia x soulangeana Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Root type: 28L pot Magnolia x soulangeana Price £209.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 2.5-3.0m 28L pot £209.99 (ex VAT)
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