Magnolia × kewensis ‘Wada's Memory’

hybrid magnolia

Outstanding Qualities

Magnolia x kewensis is a cross between M. kobus and M. salicifolia that has been recorded as occurring where the range of both species intersect in their native Japan and in cultivation. 'Wada's Memory' was selected seed sent from Japan by K. Wada and Brian Mulligan of the Washington Park Arboretum named a superior clone for his friend and registered the name in 1959. This widely popular magnolia has white flowers 7 inches in diameter, produced in profusion in March and early April. Emerging leaves are bronze and fade to green as they mature. 'Wada's Memory' has a strongly pyramidal form into maturity making it stand out against more rounded trees in the landscape. This lovely magnolia with local provenance is fast growing and turns a gold in the autumn. See magnolia denudata for companion plantings.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, white, variegated

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes

This magnolia is easy to grow. It flowers best when planted in full sun to light or open shade. It will thrive in a rich moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay if the drainage is adequate. Plant in an area that is protected from strong winds to help the flowers last their longest and keep the young foliage from being damaged. Regular summer water will allow the best flowering and healthiest growth, but well established plants can tolerate occasional watering during dry weather. Magnolias have fleshy roots that can easily be damaged so limit extensive gardening under established trees. Little pruning is required other than removing dead and broken limbs or poorly formed limbs. Pruning is best done after flowering.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: ocassional to regular watering during dry months