Hinton Ampner Garden

Magnolia grandiflora

Bull Bay


The East Wall of the Tea Room.


An evergreen hardy shrub with large, up to 20 cm (8") creamy white and bowl shaped flowers produced over a long period through the summer with a citric type fragrance. It will grow H 15m x S 10m over time but may take 10 years or more before it flowers.

Site and Care:

It likes the shelter of a wall mainly because they are evergreen, in full sun or shade. Often considered to need an acid soil, they will thrive there, but it is not the most important thing. A humus rich soil of good structure which maintains a relatively constant moisture level and a thick bark mulch is excellent, but avoid mushroom compost since this does contain concentrated lime which can be too much.