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Magnolia × loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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A superb flowering hybrid, Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' has beautiful, fragrant, star-shaped, pale-pink flowers with long petals in early spring, even on relatively young plants. These flowers are very attractive and particularly ornamental against a dark backdrop where they stand out well.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Magnolia × loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soils.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Flowering Period: April.
Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
Habit: Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel' grows to be a small branching tree with a somewhat rounded crown once established.
Height: 6 m (20 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)

Notes: We have found that although hardy, this Magnolia is best planted in an area which does not receive early morning sunlight in spring, as this combined with a frost can cause damage to the flowers.

Plant Finder: about Magnolia × loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’


Magnolia × loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’. Fragrant, purple-pink to white flowers are borne in mid spring, with oval, deep green leaves.


They will require deep, fertile, well-drained mildly acidic soil. They thrive in sun or partial-shade but need protection from strong or salty winds.

Interest and use

Spring/Summer interest.

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Magnolia × loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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