Magnolia 'Susan' (Purple)
M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’ x M. stellate ‘Rosea’
Description: A dense growing small tree or large shrub with slightly fragrant flowers. The blooms are deep purple in bud, opening white stained purple, with a delicate musky scent and flower over a long period through April and May.
History: Bred by William F. Kosar. One of the eight ‘Little Girl’ hybrids from the U.S National Arboretum. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 1993.
Magnolia Growing Tips: Full sun to part shade lover, best grown in consistently moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Provide sheltered site as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds, and late frosts. Shape and size can be controlled by pruning which should be done either immediately after flowering or during late summer.
Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 3m