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Magnolia 'Wada's Memory'
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synonyms: Magnolia x kewensis 'Wada's Memory', Magnolia salicifolia 'Wada's Memory', Magnolia kobus 'Wada's Memory'
growth rate: medium
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: pink
main season: Spring
full sun, part shade
moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Small, graceful, spreading, deciduous tree freely producing fragrant pure white flowers with narrow petals, in early spring before the leaves emerge. The large ovate leaves are dark reddish at first, becoming bronzy-green then deep green. The flowers are followed by bright pink fruits containing reddish-orange seeds.
Not too fussy about soil, moist, reasonably fertile, humus-rich, acid to neutral soil is ideal. Will thrive in heavy clay and tolerant of atmospheric pollution. Best with some protection from strong winds, in sun or part shade. Flower buds may suffer damage from hard frosts.
If required, prune unwanted or crossing branches when dormant in autumn or late winter to very early spring.
Hybrid of M. kobus x M. salicifolia. Raised from seed sent from Japan but first grown at the Washington Park Arboretum, USA. Named after Koichiro Wada of Yokohama, Japan.