Magnolia x soulangeana 'Amabilis' (Amabilis Saucer Magnolia)

Botanical Information

Speciesx soulangeana
TypeTree (deciduous), Shrub (deciduous)
OriginA hybrid derived from Magnolia denudata x Magnolia liliflora.


USDA Hardiness Zone4a - 8b
USDA Hardiness Ref.
Canadian Hardiness Zone5 - 9
Canada Hardiness Ref.
RHS Hardiness ZoneH6 - H3
RHS Hardiness Ref.
Temperature (°C)-34.4 - -9.4
Temperature (°F)-30 - 15
Height10 m
Spread8 m
Flowering PeriodApril, May

Description and Growing Information

ShapeBroad headed.
LandscapeSuited as a specimen or border shrub.
PropagationPropagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer.
CultivationGrow in moist, humus-rich, well drained soils and full sun.
PestsAffected by diseases like coral spot, grey mould, honey fungus, fungal leaf spot or iron deficiency and lime-induced chlorosis. Can be damaged by horse chestnut scale, capsid bug and snails.
Notable SpecimensLanhydrock House and Garden, Bodmin, Cornwall, United Kingdom.
HabitatHorticultural origin.
Bark/Stem DescriptionThe bark is smooth and can range from brown to grey in colour.
Flower/Leaf Bud DescriptionDeep pink buds open in informal strap-like tepals with pale shell pink upper surfaces and darker pink-purple lower ones.
Leaf DescriptionAlternate, simple, 13 cm long and 5 cm wide, elliptic to oblong, dark green above and lighter green below.
Flower DescriptionLarge, white flowers, slightly purple-flushed at the base, goblet-shaped at first, then opening.
Fruit DescriptionIt produces brown or red aggregate fruits filled with orange/red seeds that can fall before or after they have matured; fruit ranges in size from 7.5 - 12.5 cm.