Magnolia figo ‘Purple Queen’ (Banana Shrub)

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Scientific Name

Magnolia figo ‘Purple Queen’

Common Names

Banana Shrub

Synonyms

Magnolia figo var. crassipes ‘Purple Queen’

Scientific Classification

Family: Magnoliaceae
Subfamily: Magnolioideae
Genus: Magnolia

Flower

Color: Cream-white
Bloom Time: Early spring through the summer

Description

Magnolia figo ‘Purple Queen’ is an evergreen tree up to 13 feet (3.9 m) tall. It is distinguished from Magnolia figo by its dark red colored flowers and darker colored foliage. The leaves are leathery and up to 10 cm long. It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens for its fragrant flowers. They appear in early spring, with blooms continuing sporadically through the summer.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Although different species of Magnolia can tolerate slightly different conditions. In general they will do best with slightly acidic, moist, loose, well-draining soil. To mimic Magnolia’s natural conditions, amend heavy soil with peat moss and compost. Grow best in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 10, depending on variety, with a few cultivars hardy to zone 5. Full sun to partial shade. Moist, peaty soil can help Magnolias tolerate full sun. If you are pushing the limits of cold tolerance, avoid planting them in southern exposure since the leaves can be damaged by winter sun and flowers may open prematurely. Magnolias benefit from irrigation the first few years, then they are tolerant of moderate drought.

They need room to grow to their full mature size and width. While looking small when first planted, over time they will grow to fill up the space.

Some varieties of Magnolia don’t bloom until 15 years old, so be sure to choose one that’s fits your needs and expectations. Grafted plants (rather than seed-grown) bloom sooner… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Magnolias

Origin

Magnolia figo ‘Purple Queen’ is a cultivar of Magnolia figo.

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