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growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
main season: Spring
full sun, part shade
moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
Large bushy deciduous shrub or small, often multi-stemmed, tree. Fuzzy buds open in spring to attractive, scented, tulip-shaped flowers about 20cm across, deep purple-pink on the outside and creamy white inside. Flowering is about 2 weeks later than M. x soulangiana, reducing the possibility of late spring frost damage. They are also abundantly produces even on young, small plants. Ovate mid-green leaves and smooth grey-brown bark.
Prefer heavy, rich and moist lime free soil, but quite adaptable. A sheltered position, especially protection from early morning sun when frosts are likely will reduce the risk of damage to the flowers.
Can be pruned after flowering or in July or August. Tolerant of atmospheric pollution.
From semi-hardwood cuttings, generally require misting to root.
Good choice for smaller gardens.
One of ''The Eight Little Girls'' cultivars, hybrids of M. liliflora 'Nigra' x M. stellata 'Rosea', raised by William F. Kosar and Dr. Francis de Vos, U.S. National Arboretum.