Magnolia × soulangeana ‘Rustica Rubra’

Rustica Rubra saucer magnolia

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Outstanding Qualities

Before the leaves appear in early spring large, fragrant, goblet-shaped flowers open with deep rose-pink exteriors and, as the blooms mature, pure white is revealed on the inside producing a lovely, almost bi-color appearance. The form of this hybrid magnolia is rounded, being almost as wide as tall with chubby, emerald green leaves in spring and summer.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: bright rose-pink, goblet shaped flowers in early spring

Culture Notes
Rustica Rubra magnolia flowers best when planted in full sun to light shade and will thrive in a rich, well-drained soil. 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.
Geek Notes
'Rustica Rubra' is just one of many selections of the hybrid Magnolia × soulangeana which is a cross of M. denudata and M. liliiflora, both native to China. The original cross was from the garden of Soulange-Bodin at Fromont, France and first flowered in 1826. Subsequently, more than 50 named cultivars have followed over the last 190 + years!