Magnolia x soulangeana 'Alba Superba'
Description: A larger tree like form of the popular Magnolia x soulangeana with showy pure white flowers in early-mid spring. The superb large flowers are noted for beautiful fragrance and so enhance any garden in spring.
Uses: Good used to give height to a border but ensure it is near a pathway to ensure everyone gains from the spring fragrance.
Climate/Position: Sunny site but avoid the earliest morning sun if possible to reduce risk of flower damage otherwise caused by sun on a frosty flower.
Height/Spread: A large tree magnolia reaching 6 x 4 metres.
Soil Requirements: Best in a rich deep soil with plenty of moisture and slightly acidic soil though fairly lime tolerant.
Pruning: No pruning required. Any shaping of the young plant should be done after flowering in late spring.
Special Requirements: Mulch in spring to maintain moisture especially on drier soils.
Additional Interest: M. x soulangeana is a hybrid between M. denudata and M. liliflora.
The genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).