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Magnolia salicifolia 'Wada's Memory' (Anise Magnolia)

Anise Magnolia 'Wada's Memory', Willow-Leaved Magnolia 'Wada's Memory', Willow-Leaf Magnolia 'Wada's Memory', Magnolia x kewensis 'Wada's Memory'


Extremely floriferous and widely popular, award-winning Magnolia salicifolia 'Wada's Memory' is a medium-sized deciduous tree of spectacular beauty when in full bloom. Produced in profusion in early to mid spring, the scented, semi-double white blossoms are tulip-shaped, upward-facing and quite large, 7 in. across (17 cm). Each of them counts 6 long tepals which open fully and gracefully droop at their tips, creating a dramatic floral display. Rich of an orange blossom fragrance, the blooms appear on naked branches before the leaves unfurl. Emerging bronze, the foliage of elliptic leaves fades to green with age before turning gold in fall. This cultivar is known for blooming at an early age. A standout tree in the landscape!

'Wada's Memory' is a cross between M. kobus and M. salicifolia. While very hardy, its blooms, like those of most early blooming Magnolias, are susceptible to late frosts.

  • Grows upright and conical when young, but becomes more broadly pyramidal with age. Can reach up to 40 ft. tall (12 m) and 30 ft. wide (9 m)
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • 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 mould, 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 5 – 8
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 Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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
Garden Uses Beds and 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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
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 Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 30' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
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
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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