Magnolia grandiflora 'EDITH BOGUE'

Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora  'EDITH BOGUE'
southern magnolia
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 5-8m
USUAL WIDTH
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME June - September
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Summer blooms
Exotics
Magnolias
Rarities
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Evergreen magnolias are the queens of flowering trees. We choose the most beautiful and at the same time hardiest varieties.

This evergreen pearl among flowering trees is one of the hardiest southern magnolias ever selected. It was named after a lady from New Jersey, USA, who grew magnolias in her garden. One bad winter nearly all of them died. Only this one survived -30°C. So she decided to make cuttings and later on had it patented. I bet she is a millionaire now. Thanks to her effort we now have the best selection for colder areas of Europe. It is still hard to get hence the price but it is definitely worth it!

The blossoms are gorgeous. Flower petals are pure white fading to light creamy white, lemon scented, and about 30 cm across. They come out from the first hot days of June until the warmest days of September, sometimes October. Pollinated flowers make large cones with seeds that germinate more readily compared to difficult propagation by cuttings. The leaves are extremely glossy, deep green, with rusty pubescence on the undersides.

Bull bay magnolias are not tall trees in our climate but can be wide making a large crown. This selection likes to spread with its branches and although final size in maturity is not known yet it can make a tree with 4-5m wide crown. To enjoy its flowers we suggest growing magnolias as shrubs, leaving bottom branches on for the best flower display.

Find it a location with plenty of direct sunlight in summer, protected from cutting winds. It needs slightly acidic soil, very rich in humus, moist but permeable. Older, well established plants will benefit from clay in lower parts of ground.

This variety is extremely hardy but we still recommend protecting young plants with white woven on the coldest days of winter, when temperature drops below -20°C, FOR MAXIMUM 2 WEEKS, and in periods of strong sunlight and/or cutting wind. In winter provide extra watering in frost-free periods. Fully hardy to about -30°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 14-02-2008
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
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