How to Care for a Saucer Magnolia Tree

The saucer magnolia tree is a man-made hybrid that was formed from two types of magnolia trees that both originated in China. A saucer magnolia will thrive in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9. The tree produces large white and pink blooms that are shaped like a cup or saucer. It is a bushy tree that resembles a large shrub and can reach a height of 25 feet. It is easily propagated by seed or by rooting softwood cuttings.

Saucer magnolias

Step 1

Plant the saucer magnolia in an area where it will receive full sun or only partial shade. Check the soil before planting to ensure that it is loose and drains easily.

Step 2

Water the magnolia every other week, well enough to moisten the soil several inches down. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Water more frequently when there is a prolonged absence of rain.

Step 3

Prune in the spring to control growth and to prevent it from branching out and looking scraggly.

Step 4

Remove spent blooms from the tree to encourage new growth and allow the tree to concentrate on maintaining live foliage.

Step 5

Feed with a fertilizer that is labeled for flowering trees if needed. In general, no fertilization is needed.