4 responses to “Magnolia delavayi”

  1. Ron B

    Essentially a tender foliage plant, with impressive leaves. Grown in North America only on Pacific Coast. In North American nurseries by 1947. Despite extreme rarity included in table of magnolias in Sunset WESTERN GARDEN BOOK. Often multistemmed, as at Berkeley, California where one planted 1959 was 43 ft. tall with an average crown spread of 39 ft. by 1993.

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Just a note – Peter is on vacation today, so perhaps he’ll comment tomorrow.

  3. Peter Wharton

    I am back! Magnolia delavayi is a great survivor in the wild. It often crouches in crevices on those low rounded karst ridges that are so typical of what the Chinese call, the ‘Stone Desert’, an arid region south-east of Kunming towards Kaiyuan, Yunnan. I remember ragged cut over plants competing in crevices with cultivated sweet corn and ubiquitous Eucalyptus globulus. The present severe drought in south-western China must be pushing these plants to their limits.
    Our plants interestingly are derived from a wild Salween(Nujiang)collection made by a quartet of contemporary plant collectors, Peter and Kenneth Cox, Peter Hutchinson and our own Pacific NW plant hunter, Steve Hootman, under CCHH 8026. This is a low elevation collection at 1870m beside the Salween, in hot, arid, rain shadow conditions. We have found -5 degrees C has done damage to our young plants without killing them outright. Increasing age may engender a modicum of additional frost hardiness, plus continued global warming could make this a genuine addition to our plant palette in future years.

    The paddle shaped, oblong-ovate leaves have a most attractive bluish-pewter hue which contrasts well with the six ephemeral creamy-white tepals. The additional, three outer ones reflex downwards and have a curious greenish pallor which quickly turns buff brown as the flower ages over 24 hours. Our plants do not seem to have any strong fragrance – hopefully a mature characteristic that develops in future years.

    Peter Wharton

  4. Beverley

    Magnolia delavayi – Z9 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Magnolia delavayi – Z7-9 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
    Magnolia delavayi – ‘Requires wall protection exccept in favoured localities.’ – Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs, 2003

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