Frank P Matthews
Magnolia trees are some of the most beautiful flowering trees. A large number of species and cultivars exist and our selection are only a few of the finest. Hybrids continue to be introduced at a rapid rate with a full range of colours from pure white to dark almost black reds. Our extensive range offers small, medium and large sized Magnolias meaning there is one suited to any sized garden.
These deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen trees prefer a well-drained site with shelter from cold winds, especially those that flower early. Tolerant of clay soils and pollution. Some varieties are chalk tolerant depending on parentage and whether on their own roots or grafted on a tolerant rootstock. Magnolia trees can take an occasional thinning-out of some of the branches to encourage fresh replacement growth.
The evergreen Bullbay or Loblolly magnolia is ideally suited for sheltered sites or as a wall shrub. Leathery, glossy green leaves set off the most beautiful, huge, creamy white fragrant flowers, appearing from July.
The Magnolia is named after Fresh botanist Pierre Magnol who was Professor of Botany and Director of the Royal Botanic Garden of Montpellier and a member of the Academie Royale des Sciences de Paris.
A small tree producing goblet shaped red flowers, on bare branches in spring. Flowers freely from a young age.
Deep burgundy tulip shaped flowers appear in early spring. Makes an excellent small specimen tree.
The young flower buds are green, later tinged blue and opening a mixture of white, green and yellow.
Small, upright tree with broad, deep yellow, cup shaped flowers, borne upright on the bare branches.
Huge, 12″ wide flowers of deep rose pink opening from port coloured buds borne before the leaves appear in spring.
A compact, upright, neat tree, with very fragrant flowers starting blackish red, opening to rich maroon.
Small, upright tree flowering from a young age. Goblet shaped, honey yellow flowers on bare branches.
Deep yellow, upright flowers flushed light rose at the base. Small, fairly upright tree.
One of the purest white Magnolias, cup shaped, with soft rose pink stamens and pale green anthers.
Introduced from New Zealand with an upright habit and vibrant red–purple flowers. Height 6m.
Attractive, small tree producing large, rich burgundy red tulip shaped blooms, opening flat revealing a pale interior.
Yellow cup shaped flowers with a rosy purple blush at the base. Hardy in most places throughout the UK.