This heavily branched deciduous beauty has a pyramidal form compared to the spreading umbrella form of M. sieboldii. In May-June flowers open in profuse display releasing a sweet fruity fragrance from ivory white blooms. Dark crimson boss of stamens gives quite a contrast of colour. Nodding blossoms are cup shaped and appear with the leaves in late spring. Leaves and tepals are longer and narrower than M. sieboldii and the seed is notably smaller.
- Seed Count: 10-12
- Collection Date: Sept 2019
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Height and Width
- Germination test type: float; cut
- Family: Magnoliaceae
How to germinate Magnolia wilsonii:
Stratifying seed. Never let magnolia seed dry out as this kills the embryo. Sow immediately 2 cm deep, keep moist, keep the pot outside to finish the cold stratification cycle of 120 days. Sunlight inhibits germination. Most seed will germinate in May with the remaining the following year. Newly emerging seedlings need indirect light/dappled shade at first then stronger light as they put down a larger root system. Protect from nibbling pests two years. If you baggie sow these provide room temps with no supplemental warmth as they don’t seem to tolerate this. Once you see them crack open, transplant into a pot 15 mm deep as they don’t like being in the bag when root is more than 2cm long and mortality can be high.