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Magnolias re-flowering

  • Magnolias re-flowering

I was very surprised to see last week that a Magnolia in one of my Clients' gardens is flowering again!

It's not a very good photo - but you can just see that the top has a sprinkling of white blooms.

This shrub flowered, beautifully, as usual, back in May: so what's going on with this? Is it climate change? Has it been such a miserable summer that the plant thought it was winter, and that this is actually next spring?

No, it turns out that some Magnolias are indeed prone to a brief second flush of flowers: it's usually the soulangeana types, apparently. Please don't ask me which Magnolia this one is, though, as I don't actually know!

I have never seen this particular one re-flowering, and I've been working in this particular garden for well over a decade, so I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has noticed this phenomenon, and whether it is a common thing, or not!

Comments (6)

  1. Grower


    I have a young soulangea which has been known to flower twice Rachel - it surprised me the first time too! Your client's looks a similar leaf and flower to mine, see pic of the spring flowers and a closer one of the later leaves.

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    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    A rhododendron is coming into full bloom in a garden I did a few years ago. No special variety, just a red azalea. I have seen magnolias do this before, my Susan did this last year, and I have a variety called March till frosts, which can flower anytime. I have also noticed flowers on my white michelia, which is like a magnolia and has always stuck to spring for the last 10years I have had it.

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    Victor Plum

    I have a Magnolia coming into flower again too. Maybe down to the mild winter somehow?

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    Rachel the Gardener

    I am not sure if the weather is directly connected to the re-flowering or not: certainly, a lot of plants are quite confused by it!

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    Victor Plum

    Its happening with my Wisteria now!

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    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Victor, I've also seen a couple of Wisteria sporting a few flowers - I think all the plants are as confused as we are by the weather this year!

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