How to Care for a Saucer Magnolia Tree

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The saucer magnolia tree is a man-made hybrid that was formed from two types of magnolia trees that both originated in China. A saucer magnolia will thrive in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9. The tree produces large white and pink blooms that are shaped like a cup or saucer. It is a bushy tree that resembles a large shrub and can reach a height of 25 feet. It is easily propagated by seed or by rooting softwood cuttings.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Saucer magnolia
  • Pruning shears
  • Plant the saucer magnolia in an area where it will receive full sun or only partial shade. Check the soil before planting to ensure that it is loose and drains easily.

  • Water the magnolia every other week, well enough to moisten the soil several inches down. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Water more frequently when there is a prolonged absence of rain.

  • Prune in the spring to control growth and to prevent it from branching out and looking scraggly.

  • Remove spent blooms from the tree to encourage new growth and allow the tree to concentrate on maintaining live foliage.

  • Feed with a fertilizer that is labeled for flowering trees if needed. In general, no fertilization is needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • When pruning a saucer magnolia, save the softwood cuttings to produce more trees. Dip the ends of cuttings into a rooting hormone and plant in an equal mixture of soil and peat moss. Roots will begin to form in six to eight weeks.

References

  • Photo Credit magnolia image by Andrzej Włodarczyk from Fotolia.com
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