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Cultural Details for Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

Common Name:
Leonard Messel Loebner Magnolia

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
12-15 petals, 4-6" across, strap-shaped, undulating, crinkled tepals with white on the inside, fuchsia pink on the back, and a purple-pink line along their center. Highly fragrant.

Fruit Details:
Aggregate of follicles

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Young brown-purple-green with elliptical-oval gray vertical lenticels. Older trunks gray ans sculptural.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious.

Native Habitat:
Zones 5-6. A chance hybrid between M. kobus and M. stellata ‘Rosea’ raised in Colonel Messel’s garden at Nymans, Sussex, England

Other Features:
Truly one of the great Magnolias, lovely fragrance. Sweet fragrance also from bruised stems.

Culture and Care:
Roots easily from softwood cuttings

This plant was blooming:
3/24/2010 - 4/5/2010
3/26/2007 - 4/2/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
580, 4188, 4305

    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.