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Cultural Details for Magnolia obovata

Common Name:
Japanese Bigleaf Magnolia, White Bark Magnolia, or White Leaf Magnolia

Growth Rate:
Fastest growing of the large leaf magnolias

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
8"creamy white, strong scented, May-June, central mass of purplish red stamens

Fruit Details:
Red, cone-shaped, 5-8" long, 2.5" wide aggregate of follicles

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Handsome gray bark

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Japan. Introduced 1865

Other Features:
Habit is open and gaunt; with leaves in a pseudo-whorl at the tips of the branches

Culture and Care:
Best if planted in open areas to allow for its open habit. Zone 5-7(8)

This plant was blooming:
4/19/2010 - 5/10/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
8490, 8491, 8492

    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.