Saucer Magnolia

All About the Saucer Magnolia:

Scientific Nomenclature: Magnolia x soulangeana

Common Names: saucer magnolia, Chinese magnolia

Mature Height: 15–30 feet 

Mature Spread: 20–30 feet 

Growth Rate: Moderate

Attracts Wildlife: Pollinators

Messiness: Showy flowers bloom in the spring and drop by summer. Leaves drop in autumn.

Shape: Round, spreading, multi-stemmed

Native to Kentucky: No

Preferred Soils: Prefers well-drained, acidic (<6.0pH) loam with high organic matter content.

Screening: Not used as a screening or privacy plant.

Drought Tolerance: Is not tolerant of drought.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: Not required. Deadwood and leaves can be removed in late winter or early spring if necessary.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one saucer magnolia will:

  • Sequester ~973 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 330 gallons.