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Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangeana

The planting of "Umbrella" (Magnolia tripetala) on April 2, 1767, along with several other plants, is among Jefferson's earliest garden notations.  Magnolias continued to feature in Jefferson's planting schemes throughout his life.  Although Saucer Magnolia, a hybrid cross of Magnolia denudata and M. liliiflora dating from 1820 in France, was never grown at Monticello in Jefferson's lifetime, its large, early-blooming flowers of white, pink, and maroon, are a welcome harbinger of spring here.

Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
purple, white, pink
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Blooming History: 
2014 Mar 31 to 2014 Apr 252015 Mar 26 to 2015 Apr 222016 Mar 10 to 2016 Apr 62018 Apr 4 to 2018 Apr 30
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