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Magnolia Soulangeana 'Alba' | Saucer magnolia - 1/4 Standard - 160-200cm

Magnolia Soulangeana 'Alba' | Saucer magnolia - 1/4 Standard - 160-200cm

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Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba' is a stunning flowering tree that belongs to the Magnoliaceae family. This cultivar is renowned for its exquisite beauty and graceful presence in gardens and landscapes. 'Alba' is a white-flowered variety of Magnolia soulangeana, a hybrid resulting from the crossbreeding of Magnolia denudata and Magnolia liliiflora.

The tree typically reaches a height of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) and spreads to a similar width, forming an upright, vase-shaped silhouette. Its deciduous nature allows for a spectacular seasonal display, with the blossoms emerging in early spring before the foliage appears. The flowers of 'Alba' are large and fragrant, consisting of numerous white petals that surround a central cluster of showy, elongated stamens. This elegant arrangement creates a sense of purity and delicacy, enhancing the tree's allure.

The glossy, deep green leaves of 'Alba' provide an attractive backdrop for the blooms during the summer months. As autumn arrives, the foliage transitions into vibrant shades of yellow, gold, and bronze, adding a final burst of color before falling. This multicolored foliage ensures year-round interest in the landscape.

Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba' thrives in a variety of well-drained soil types and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is relatively adaptable and can tolerate urban environments, making it a versatile choice for gardens, parks, and streetscapes. Proper pruning is necessary to maintain a balanced structure and encourage optimal flowering.

This cultivar's timeless elegance and versatility have made it a beloved choice among gardeners and landscapers worldwide. The ethereal beauty of the white blossoms, coupled with the tree's overall aesthetic appeal, creates a serene and enchanting atmosphere in any setting. Whether as a focal point, an accent tree, or a border planting, Magnolia soulangeana 'Alba' is sure to captivate with its grace, fragrance, and seasonal transformations, making it a cherished addition to any landscape.

  • Common Name

    saucer magnolia 'Alba Superba'

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous tree

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    large, scented, goblet-shaped flowers, white with a slight purple flush at the base

  • Foliage


  • Maturation period

    20–50 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height

4–8 metres

Mature Width

4–8 metres

Shape / habit

Quarter Standard

Preferred Location


South–facing or West–facing or East–facing, sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period




spring, summer, autumn



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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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