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Magnolia salicifolia (Anise Magnolia)

Anise Magnolia, Willow-Leaved Magnolia, Willow-Leaf Magnolia

Magnolia salicifolia, Anise Magnolia, Willow-Leaved Magnolia, Willow-Leaf Magnolia, White magnolia, Winter flowers, Spring flowers, White flowers, fragrant trees, fragrant flowers
Magnolia salicifolia, Anise Magnolia, Willow-Leaved Magnolia, Willow-Leaf Magnolia, White magnolia, Winter flowers, Spring flowers, White flowers, fragrant trees, fragrant flowers

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 with 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. While very hardy, its blooms, like those of most early blooming Magnolias, are susceptible to late frosts.

Magnolia salicifolia is the parent of many hybrid Magnolias, including the famous Magnolia x kewensis ‘Wada’s Memory’.

  • Grows upright and narrow when young but becomes more broadly pyramidal with age. Can reach up to 30-50 ft. tall and wide (9-15 m)
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in consistently moist, slightly acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Neutral to slightly alkaline soils are also suitable for growth. Magnolias are adaptable to clay, loam, or sandy soils, but most grow poorly in wet or poorly drained soils. Provide a site sheltered from cold, dry winds, as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds too.
  • May be attacked by capsid bug, snails, horse chestnut scale, coral spot, gray mold, honey fungus.
  • Spectacular as a specimen plant for dramatic spring blooms. Great flowering tree for city gardens or cottage gardens.
  • Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf
  • Deciduous Magnolias are best planted when dormant, in late fall or winter in warmer climates and early spring in cold climates. Evergreen magnolias are best planted in early spring. For the first 6 to 12 months after planting, both types will benefit from mulch and regular irrigation during warm or dry weather.
  • Propagate by seed in autumn and spring, by softwood cuttings from late spring to early summer or semi-ripe cuttings from late summer to fall

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Magnoliaceae
Genus Magnolia
Common names Magnolia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Fall
Height 30' - 50'
(9.1m - 15.2m)
Spread 30' - 50'
(9.1m - 15.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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Recommended Companion Plants

Cyclamen coum (Persian Violet)
Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)
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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Magnoliaceae
Genus Magnolia
Common names Magnolia
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Fall
Height 30' - 50'
(9.1m - 15.2m)
Spread 30' - 50'
(9.1m - 15.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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