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Anise Magnolia (Magnolia salicifolia)

Willow-Leaved Magnolia, Willow-Leaf Magnolia (Magnolia salicifolia)


Native to Japan, Magnolia salicifolia, also known as Anise Magnolia or Willow-Leafed Magnolia, is a medium-sized deciduous tree with scented, white flowers in early spring. Each blossom, 3-6 in. across (8-15 cm), counts 6 spreading tepals which sometimes display a tinge of pink at their base, adding to the beauty of the bloom.

Rich of a lemon or anise fragrance, the blooms appear on naked branches before the leaves unfurl. The leaves and smooth gray bark are equally fragrant when scratched. Emerging coppery-red, the foliage of narrow, oval, willow-like leaves has whitened undersides and turns a nice golden-yellow in fall before shedding to the ground.

Magnolia salicifolia is the parent of many hybrid Magnolias, including the famous Magnolia x kewensis 'Wada's Memory'. It makes a splendid spring flowering specimen tree or large shrub, but should be sheltered from strong winds and late frosts, where possible.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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