Magnolia ‘Blue Opal’ Magnolia

Magnolia acuminita

Description: A medium to large deciduous shrub reaching heights of up to 15 metres over several decades. The deciduous leaves are large and rich green. Striking, large, blue-green buds appear in spring. These unusual blue buds mature to dark yellow flowers with blue-green outer petals. When pollinated these flowers ripen into cucumber shaped fruits which give the tree its common name the Cucumber Tree.

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 4m

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • S Size: Small
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Prune after flowering
  • Prefers acid soil

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