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    Saucer Magnolia: A Springtime Spectacular

    By James R. Fazio | August 8, 2017

    Magnolia x soulangeana Did you know there are more than 80 species of magnolias that circle the globe? The saucer magnolia outcompetes some 1,000 cultivars derived from the species. A hybrid cousin of America’s magnificent Southern magnolia, the saucer magnolia is actually a large spreading shrub that takes its name from its wide, saucer-like flowers. The tree was crossed with two Chinese species of magnolias: the magnolia liliiflora (m. liliiflora) and the lily magnolia (M. denudate). Its fame spread quickly,…

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