Yulan Magnolia, Slender Magnolia, Lily Tree, Tulip Tree

Magnolia denudata

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: denudata (dee-noo-DAY-ta) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Clermont, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 12, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b, coastal Otago New Zealand

I cant believe no one else has posted about this classic mag yet! In many ways, this is the magnolia that everyone thinks about when they picture the tree, the gorgeous white cupped blooms on bare ornamental branches. None the less, for some reason it's not the most commonly grown species, perhaps because late frost in hard areas can catch the blooms and ruin them.

We dont have that problem here and the tree flourishes in our high rainfall conditions; it seems to tolerate wind pretty well too, handling our equinox gales, perhaps because its leaves come on later than other varieties.
Nor does it seem too fussy about soil; our region is generally clay-based and rubbishy but Ive seen these guys perfectly happy in many d... read more