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Cultural Details for Magnolia denudata

Common Name:
Yulan Magnolia

Growth Rate:
Slow- medium

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Fragrant goblet-shaped, 9-12 petals white to ivory, fragrant, 5-6" across

Fruit Details:
Conelike fruits, 4-6" long, rose red with maturity

Fall Color:
Deciduous; dull yellow

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Essentially problem free. Responds to early warm spells flowers often injured by late frosts. The cultivar 'Wada' flowers later to avoid frosts, but has smaller flowers.

Native Habitat:
Eastern and southern China introduced 1789. Zones 5-8.

Other Features:
One of the most loved of all Magnolias. Called the "Yulan" or "Jade Lily" by the Chinese, the exquisite lily shape of the blossoms with their pure white petals, has the longest history of cultivation of any going back to the Tang Dynasty - 618 AD.

Culture and Care:
Transplants balled/burlapped or container grown in winter and early spring. Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade.Generally intolerant of soil extremes (dry or wet).

This plant was blooming:
6/21/2010 - 7/13/2010
4/2/2007 - 4/5/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.