Magnolia ×soulangeana Soul.-Bod., Mém. Soc. Linn. Paris 5:269, t. 73. 1826 ;
Magnolia × soulangeana (saucer magnolia) is a hybrid plant in the genus Magnolia and family Magnoliaceae. It is a deciduous tree with large, early-blooming flowers in various shades of white, pink, and purple. It is one of the most commonly used magnolias in horticulture, being widely planted in the British Isles, especially in the south of England; and in the United States, especially the east and west coasts.
Growing as a multistemmed large shrub or small tree, Magnolia × soulangeana has alternate, simple, shiny, dark green oval-shaped leaves on stout stems. Its flowers emerge dramatically on a bare tree in early spring, with the deciduous leaves expanding shortly thereafter, lasting through summer until autumn.
Magnolia × soulangeana flowers are large, commonly 10–20 cm (4–8 in) across, and colored various shades of white, pink, and maroon. An American variety, ‘Grace McDade’ from Alabama, is reported to bear the largest flowers, with a 35 cm (14 in) diameter, white tinged with pinkish-purple. Another variety, Magnolia x soulangiana ‘Jurmag1’, is supposed to have the darkest and tightest flowers. The exact timing and length of flowering varies between named varieties, as does the shape of the flower. Some are globular, others a cup-and-saucer shape.
Magnolia × soulangeana is notable for its ease of cultivation, and its relative tolerance to wind and alkaline soils (two vulnerabilities of many other magnolias).
(From Wikipedia on 12.3.14)
Magnolia x soulangiana Soul.-Bod, Mém. Soc. Linn. Paris 5:269, t. 73. 1826
A possible hybrid between M. denudata × M. liliiflora, a small tree with obovate leaves and purplish flowers white inside, 15 cm across, appearing before leaves.
Photographed from SFO Botanical Garden, California
Plant for ID: EU-ARKSEP04 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Magnolia x soulangeana – there are many very beautiful cultivars of this tree.
There are numerous hybrid Magnolia spp. in the UK. Sorry I can’t help with the exact species.
Magnolia figo var. figo AT MAR 2017/06 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Magnolia figo var. figo Vent.
Synonyms: Liriopsis fuscata, Magnolia annonifolia, M. fasciata, M. fuscata
photographed in April 2014 and 2015
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Looks different from images at Magnolia figo (Lour.) DC. and as per references at
May be Magnolia liliiflora Desr.
It is Magnolia figo var. figo. It was earlier known as M. fasciata.
Neither the flowers nor the buds match with Magnolia figo.
It is growing at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla where many exotic plants have been introduced either by Britishers or by the Institute. According to them, it is Magnolia fasciata, with accepted name, what I had written.
If not this, then the nearest match will be Magnolia × soulangiana.
But, that also looks different.
Let’s explore for new ID.
Magnolia has sooooo many variances its hard to argue one way or the other , esp sitting at the computer. but love your series of pictures
Does not seem to be M. figo in which flowers are smaller, narrower thicker spreading petals, not also M. liliiflora in which petals are darker outside, larger and and almost thrice as long as broad. M. × soulangiana. seems to be the closest match in petals lighter outside, nearly twice as long as broad. Only problem is sepals. they should be nearly half as long as petals. Here they seem nearly 1/4 of petals.
Sir, it is not even Magnolia liliiflora, which I’ll post tomorrow. I have clicked that from two places.
As I wrote M. × soulangiana seems closest match
Yes, possible as per POWO.
To me also, it appears close to Magnolia × soulangeana. My earlier identification was based on the information given by the Horticulture officer of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. He had introduced this plant as Magnolia fasciata (now accepted name Magnolia figo var. figo). This plant is not an erect shrub but rather is scandant.