Magnolia sieboldii (eastern Asia)
(= M. parviflora)
Habit: Loosely broad to funnel-shaped large shrub, 3-4 m tall and wide, very slow-growing.
Flowers: After leaves shoot, large bowl flowers hanging from long stems; silky white, stamen a conspicuous carmine to violet; June to July, some second blossoms, a fascinating exotic fragrance.
Fruits: Carmine fruit cobs in September.
Leaves: Broadly elliptical, slightly pale bluish green, yellow in October.
Demands: Sun but also good in light shade or semi-shade, sensitive to late frost.
Soil: Avoid chalk.
Hardiness: Zone 6b