This unique and highly desirable Magnolia is one of the most sensational of the hybrid shrubs to have been released over the last few years and is rarely offered for sale to UK gardeners, so we're really pleased to be able to bring you this gardening first - a blue magnolia!
A deciduous shrub, 'Blue Baby' is perfectly hardy in UK gardens and will eventually grow into a shrub that is perfect for growing in smaller and urban gardens with its relatively slow rate of growth.
The furry flower buds appear in May and open to reveal miniature, steely-blue blooms that open into the more familiar yellow/green goblets that make Magnolias so attractive. The buds appear on bare stems but are soon followed by dark green, glossy leaves plus you may even get a second flush of flowers later in the year.
Magnolia 'Blue Baby ‘prefers a good sunny position but also tolerate light partial shade. Plant somewhere sheltered from the wind with shelter from late frosts that may damage the flower buds.
Supplied as a bare root plant, without leaves, ready for immediate planting, treat yourself to something new this year!
On receipt, soak the roots in water for at least two hours (overnight is better). If you can't plant straight away, they should be fine for up to a week if left in a cool, dark, frost-free place - keep the bag around the roots with some water inside. Don't worry if the roots have been cut quite harshly - this is done to encourage the plant to grow.
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Aftercare Advice for your Magnolia:
Pruning Advice for Blue Baby Magnolia:
There is no real need to prune for the first two years then prune to the shape and size you want, removing any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late summer to control size. Prune using good-quality secateurs to create an even bowl shape.