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Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Low

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Ferruginea’, commonly known as Evergreen Magnolia, is a stunning cultivar of Magnolia grandiflora. This variety is renowned for its large, lemon scented lily-cup flowers, and its distinct foliage which is deep green on top and rust coloured on the underside, hence the name ‘Ferruginea’, which means ‘rust-coloured’ in Latin.

What truly sets Evergreen Magnolia apart are its magnificent flowers. They are breathtakingly large, measuring about 9 inches in diameter which makes them some of the largest among the Magnolia species. Flowers consist of numerous waxy, creamy-white petals that form a saucer like shape and emit a sweet, lemon fragrance that fills the surrounding air. Unlike other Magnolias, these exquisite blooms typically appear in the summertime rather than spring and burst from woolly tipped buds.

In addition to its captivating flowers, ‘Ferruginea’ also possesses distinctive foliage. The leaves are elliptic-ovate in shape and a glossy, leathery texture.  Deep green on top and a rusty copper colour underneath, this contrasting colouration adds visual interest to the tree year-round and creates a striking effect when the wind rustles the leaves, revealing their copper undersides.

Overall, Magnolia grandiflora ‘Feurruginea’ is an enchanting cultivar that combines striking beauty, captivating fragrance and unique foliage. It’s a cherished addition to any landscape and will provide a touch of elegance and charm.

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8m high x 4m wide after 25 years


Ideal for cottages, private estates, large and informal gardens.


A broadly conical tree with an erect, compact grown habit.


Elliptic to broadly ovate leaves. Leathery to touch. Glossy and dark green all year round. Rust coloured on the underside.


Woolly buds reveal large, creamy-white, lemon scented flowers.


Likes all soil types if it is fertile, most and well-drained. Will tolerate dry alkaline soil. Best planted in an area sheltered by cold, drying wind which will damage its foliage and flowers. Prefers a sunny or partially shaded spot.

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