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What’s Blooming? Japanese Magnolia!



The Purple Magnolia is a small tree, about four meters in height that originated from southwest China.  Although this plant has many names, one of the most common is the Japanese Magnolia because it was first introduced to English-speaking countries in Japan.  Since its introduction, the Purple Magnolia has been planted as an ornamental in North America and Europe.  It has deep burgundy petals on the outside with light to rich purple-red inside. It is one of the darkest purple magnolias in existence.

This plant blooms in the spring with the advantage of its flowers opening latest of all magnolias, which enables the it to avoid late frosts that could damage it.

Overall, this deciduous plant is an easy one to maintain, the tricky part is how to plant it. The tree makes shallow roots that can be easily disturbed and damaged, and does not like transplanting. Planting the tree too deep should also be avoided. Once the planting is done well, all the Purple magnolia needs is light and well-drained, acidic soil with equal moisture throughout the year.

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