A denizen of southwestern China’s forested mountains and thickets, this handsome evergreen hosts fuzzy cinnamon-colored buds plus plentiful 2 in. wide chalice-shaped creamy-white flowers defined by overlapping petals, bold sun-kissed stamens and a lavish fragrance that’s added to perfumes. The posh blooms, each nestled in a leaf axil, illuminate lustrous dark green foliage with velvety bronze-haired flip sides. Developing into an undemanding large shrub or diminutive tree, Magnolia laevifolia can be utilized as a screen, textural hedge, topiary subject or mixed border specimen, where it readily responds to pruning, obliges a clip after flowering and relishes evenly-moist slightly-acidic alcoves.
Size: 10' 0" – 12' 0" high x 10' 0" – 12' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 8.