Saucer magnolia is a medium-sized deciduous tree that gets its name from the saucer-shaped flowers that bloom in early spring: pinkish-purple on the outside and white on the inside. A fast grower with a good tolerance for pollution, the tree features foliage that maintains a high quality throughout the season. In the spring, its leaves are reddish-bronze in color before turning green in summer and eventually a yellow-brown in autumn.
Saucer magnolia has leaves that are usually 3 to 7 inches long and about half as wide. They are elliptical in shape with sharply-pointed tips.
|Saucer magnolia – Magnolia soulangeana
|Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE