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botanical name:
Magnolia 'Ricki'
Magnolia 'Ricki' © Deeproot Plant Base
family:  Magnoliaceae
characteristics: tree, scented/aromatic
height: 4.50m
width: 3.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 4 to 9
description:
Small deciduous tree or large, often multi-stemmed shrub. Purplish pink flowers opening from fuzzy buds, about 2 weeks later than M. x soulangiana reducing the possibility of late spring frost damage. Smooth grey bark and ovate mid-green leaves. Strong growing habit.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From semi-hardwood cuttings, generally require misting to root.

other notes:
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.

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