Magnolia 'Centennial' (White)
Description: Compact growing and extremely floriferous. Slowly forms a large, deciduous shrub, producing fragrant, waterlily-shaped flowers in early to mid spring. The white flowers have up to 30 tepals, which have a pink stripe up the back. The flowers are borne on leafless branches, before the new leaves unfurl. The foliage of medium green leaves often warms up to yellow and brown in autumn.
History: An American selection raised at the Arnold Arboretum and named during the arboretums centennial year in 1972. Raised from a seedling of Magnolia stellate ‘Rosea’ obtained from the Veitch’s Coombe Wood Nursery in 1900. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 2012.
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