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PlantFiles: Loebner Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: x loebneri (LOHB-ner-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Leonard Messel

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
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)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bryanvac On Apr 29, 2003, bryanvac from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I live in Minnesota and have no problems with this tree. I only wrapped it the first winter. It's a wonderful tree and in bloom now (4/28). I have had problems with frost hurting the flowers if they start to open and a frost hits. All the neighbors ask about it because it doesn't look like something you'd grow in zone 4.

Positive treelover3 On Apr 23, 2003, treelover3 from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I noticed that this plant is rated to only USDA zone 5a. This plant is commonly grown in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota in USDA zone 4a, with no hardiness problems (though late frosts sometimes get the flowers).

I have ordered one for delivery this spring (didn't want to spend what the nurseries are asking for a 3' plant - $50.00) It can be planted anywhere without problems. It does NOT require a sheltered location in USDA zone 4a.

Positive keno On Sep 15, 2002, keno from Ottawa, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:

It looks so cute when it (known as tulip tree) blooms at the same time with tulips on the ground.

I prune it all year around (2 years only so far after it is planted) to control the size, as I want to keep it under 7 feet tall, and it doesn't seem it hurts flowering the following year.


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

San Anselmo, California
San Leandro, California
Cordele, Georgia
Alfred, Maine
Galesburg, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
South Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ellerbe, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Ottawa, Ontario
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Cambridge, Wisconsin

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