Magnolia Tree

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Hi x Thinking of purchasing a Magnolia tree but I'm just concerned as to how big they grow ? I haven't got an overly big garden ! Is there a variety that is just of a reasonable size ? Thanks x
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  • SystemSystem Forumite
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    karensmith wrote: »
    Hi x Thinking of purchasing a Magnolia tree but I'm just concerned as to how big they grow ? I haven't got an overly big garden ! Is there a variety that is just of a reasonable size ? Thanks x

    Dunno about varieties but my neighbours magnolia tree is at least 15ft. Beautiful to look at when its in flower but a blasted pest when all the blooms are dying down and messy when it sheds.
  • DaftyDuckDaftyDuck Forumite
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    Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia) is what you want (although there are rarer varieties that may be of specialist interest). It's small, easily grown in a pot, grows slowly, and needs minimal maintenance - like none!

    I've had one in a twice-bucket-sized pot for nigh on 25 years, it's about 3 feet high, flowers like a trooper, and all I do is lug it around occasionally, and change the soil every four years. Poor chap, I should be kinder, but it seems happy enough.
  • Callie22Callie22 Forumite
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    I got a couple of Magnolia Stellata plants ( a white one and a pink one) from my local Wyevale garden centre at about this time last year. They were reduced to half price and I've been growing them on in pots since then. They're pretty slow growing so it's worth looking to see if you can pick them up cheaply.
  • wrightkwrightk Forumite
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    i would agree about putting it in a pot. they can get extremely large. thats ok if you plan to stay where you are for at least 10-15 years, at least if you have it in a pot and worst case scenario comes you can take it with you.

    Magnolia grandiflora is an evergreen variety which i prefer as the flower display (whilst lovely) is brief in the grand scheme of things
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    Loads round my way as developers liked them , roots push up and crack concrete paths so worth bearing in mind . Most people have cut them down
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  • theGrinchtheGrinch Forumite
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    what are the typical cost / age of purchasing one?
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  • wrightkwrightk Forumite
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    anything from around £7 (about 2 foot high and in a small pot) to £400+ for this one http://www.grasslands.co.uk/magnolia-grandiflora-goliath-130-litre-pot-3-metre-cone.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjw3ZS-BRD1xu3qw8uS2s4BEiQA2bcfM2KNJjzKcgt-5s-Kwd5V78Q41Ad0DxcxX2eTlGDWJ4AaAti78P8HAQ

    There are some decent 4-5 foot ones for around £30-40 though
    Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day, and for once I'm inclined to believe Withnail is right. We are indeed drifting into the arena of the unwell.
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