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Burgundy Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangeana 'Burgundy'

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Burgundy Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana 'Burgundy') at Roger's Gardens

Burgundy Saucer Magnolia flowers

Burgundy Saucer Magnolia flowers

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Height:  25 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


An exceptional, early flowering magnolia; it produces an abundance of cup-shaped burgundy flowers in spring before the leaves emerge, attractive coarse foliage and large spreading habit of growth, flowers are sensitive to late spring frosts

Ornamental Features

Burgundy Saucer Magnolia is covered in stunning fragrant burgundy cup-shaped flowers with pink overtones held atop the branches from late winter to early spring, which emerge from distinctive green flower buds before the leaves. It has attractive dark green deciduous foliage. The large pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding yellow in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Burgundy Saucer Magnolia is an open multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Burgundy Saucer Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Burgundy Saucer Magnolia will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features