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2nd November 2007


One of my favourite Magnolia, I killed a young one many years ago by exposing it to the full force of the wind here, and I have been a bit nervous about replacing it. A couple of years ago I accidentally bought a "job lot" of Magnolia and in among them was another M.wilsonii, so joy of joys, up into the woods it went. (It has to be noted that I have planted a wood since the last specimen was blown out!).

24th May 2008


Fortunately, it has prospered this time. It is still only a baby, so this wonderful hanging flower was balanced just a few inches above the ground, but lying on my back is my favourite flower viewing position!

1st May 2011


When I planted it, it was identified as M.sieboldii but now it has reached flowering size it seems to be the very closely related M.wilsonii. I'm not too worried about the identity because it is a very lovely thing.

15th September 2012




31st May 2018


Originally from moist forests in Yunnan and Sichuan, China it was introduced to cultivation by Ernest Wilson in 1908 while collecting for the Arnold Arboretum.

18th May 2021


My tree grows in the snowdrop border and came from Trewithen Nursery in 2004, costing £7.90.
Their label says:

"A spreading tree dark green leaves and large pendant, cup shaped white flowers with crimson stamens produced from late spring to early summer. Height 6m. Spread 6m."