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Magnolia yuyuanensis

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: yuyuanensis

Synonym:Manglietia yuyuanensis


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BillCSmith On Aug 5, 2010, BillCSmith from Richmond, VA wrote:

In garden cultivation, it is a handsome, densely foliaged, fat oval evergreen. White blooms with deep plum-purple stamens occur in spring past any danger from late frosts. Seeds are viable but seedlings can take 8 to 14 years to reach blooming maturity. Cutting, graft, budding propagation is possible but not with high success rates. Some plants in zone 7 may have winter tip burn but recover quickly in spring. However there are reports of plants growing in zone 7A with no damage.
It has been hybridized with several other species in subgenus magnolia and with insignis.
In all, it is an excellent "new" oriental magnolia evergreen for warmer areas.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lincoln, Nebraska
Richmond, Virginia

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