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Magnolia grandiflora

Bull Bay

Location:

The East Wall of the Tea Room.

Description:

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.