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Magnolia trees are one of the most beautiful flowering plants in North America.

They grow across the United States, typically in moist soil and full sun. They can live up to 100 years old, which means that they will be around for a long time. They have large flowers with sweet-smelling petals that come in many different colors including white, pink, purple, red, and yellow.

In this article, you will learn important information about magnolia trees, including how to plant them in your garden or yard. Keep reading to find out more. 

Saucer Magnolia Care: Tips On Planting A Saucer Magnolia Tree In The Landscape

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What Are Magnolia Trees?

Magnolia trees are tall, stately flowering trees that grow to be 50-100 feet tall. They typically live between 40 and 100 years old. The tree grows clouds of white, fragrant flowers in the springtime.  

Magnolia trees are easily identifiable by their large flowers.

The white, fragrant blossoms of the magnolia tree grow to about six inches in diameter with wavy petals. They have greenish-yellow stamens in the center at different stages of development. The leaves have an oblong or oval shape and are dark green throughout the summer.

The glossy, leathery leaf has a long tapered tip which is the widest near its base. There is one main vein that runs down each side of the leaf blade toward the base. The broadleaf evergreen foliage provides an elegant backdrop to show off the delicate flowers when they are in full bloom during the early springtime months across most parts of North America.

The magnolia tree is commonly found along roadways, highways, and abandoned home sites. They grow to be about 60 feet tall with a canopy width of 30 feet or more. The leaves are dark green throughout the summer months which turn yellow in fall before dropping off.

It's easy to see why they are one of the most beautiful flowering trees around.  

Growing Magnolia trees

Magnolia trees are easily grown with little care required. They grow best with soil that is acidic, rich, and well-drained. A site that gets full sun for at least six hours a day provides the best growing conditions.

You can ensure your magnolia tree thrives by fertilizing it annually with half-strength fertilizer in early spring when its leaves begin to emerge. Watering the plant every seven days or so is needed during dry weather conditions.    

The tree can be propagated by using hardwood cuttings in late fall and planting them directly outside. To grow a magnolia tree from seed, collect the seeds when they turn brown and dry. They should be planted immediately since they lose their viability quickly after collecting.  

You may also purchase sapling or grafted plants from your local garden center or nursery to plant instead of starting from seed yourself. Growing magnolia trees is an easy way to add life to your home.  

Other Trees That Are Easy To Grow In Your Garden Or Yard:

There are many other types of hardy, easy-to-grow trees that you can plant in your garden or yard. They will provide beauty and privacy for any backyard space.  

Some of the many trees that are easy to grow to include the following.

Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus)

This tree has white flowers with four petals that form a fringe during early spring. It's native to China and Japan and grows best in USDA zones 5-9.

Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica/ L. fauriei)

This hardy tree doesn't require much care and can handle full sun or deep shade. It produces pink, purple, red, orange, and other multi-colored blossoms from early summer until fall. It should be planted in USDA zones 7b-10.

Ficus Trees (Ficus benjamina)

This tree is known for its ability to grow indoors. It's fast-growing and produces dark green leaves on thick branches. It can be easily trimmed into desired shapes and forms. The Ficus Tree grows best in USDA zones 10a-11.

Goldenraintree (Koelreuteria paniculata)

Grow this tree if you're looking for beautiful gold-colored foliage that adds a burst of color to your backyard. It produces clusters of yellow flowers in the summer months before the leaves appear. Plant it in USDA zones 4b-8a.

Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

Planted along roadsides, in abandoned homesites, and along the edges of forests, this tree is also called swamp laurel. It thrives in USDA zones 7-9 and produces fragrant white flowers with yellow centers during early summer.  

Paulownia Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)

Often used as a fast-growing shade tree or screen, the Paulownia Tree is also sometimes referred to as “Royal Paulownia” or “Princess Tree.” It has heart-shaped leaves and grows best in USDA zones 5b-9a.

Magnolia Trees Saucer Magnolias – FAQ

What Kind Of Soil Does The Saucer Magnolia Tree Require?

The Chinese Magnolia prefers well-drained, acidic, organic soil. You can create this by adding peat moss to your garden or flower bed.

When Should I Plant My Saucer Magnolia Tree?

Plant the Saucer magnolia in early spring once all danger of frost has passed and the ground has warmed. Before planting, soak the roots overnight in a bucket of water to ensure they are hydrated before planting them.

How Do I Care For My Saucer Magnolia Tree After It Is Planted?

After your tree is planted, water it deeply immediately – until you see water dripping out of the holes at the bottom of the tree's pot. Then water it frequently, but allow the top couple inches of soil to dry out between watering. It is also very important that your saucer magnolia has a lot of sun exposure – at least 6 hours per day. Fertilize in early spring with acid-loving plant food and use a liquid fertilizer every three weeks or so during the growing season.

When Should I Prune My Saucer Magnolia Tree?

Saucer magnolias do not require much pruning but may become leggy if they do not get enough light and nutrients, which can result in some bare lower branches. If this happens, simply cut them off near the branch collar/bark ridge with sharp bypass pruners.

What Care Is Required After Flowering?

After flowering, you may remove the flower petals and fertilize them with a high nitrogen fertilizer to promote healthy growth. You can also prune your saucer magnolia tree slightly at this time if necessary.

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Final Thoughts On Magnolia Trees Saucer Magnolias

In conclusion, magnolia tree saucer is extremely easy to grow and requires next to nothing in maintenance, but the best thing about them is they can be grown indoors. Make sure you give them a try if you have never grown them before.


Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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