Magnolia ‘Vulcan’

Vulcan magnolia

  • © Wikimedia Commons - Magnus Manske

Outstanding Qualities

Large, deep rose flowers emerge before the foliage in early spring from fuzzy buds offering a stunning display against the skies – whether gray or bright blue – in the maritime Pacific Northwest. The chubby leaves are emerald green in spring and summer and 'Vulcan' forms a tree that is somewhat taller than wide.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: rose

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: brilliant deep rose flowers in early spring

Culture Notes
Vulcan 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
Magnolia 'Vulcan' is a cross between M. campellii var. mollicomata 'Larnath' and M. liliiflora.