This evergreen Magnolia is known as Praecox or ‘Goliath’. It is hardy enough for the south of Ireland and does well in a coastal situation, we would plant it regularly in Waterford, Wexford and up through to Dublin. It prefers a sheltered south facing location to keep its lush evergreen crown well furnished with its large ridged leaves that are a very distinctive dark green above and rusty brown below. Magnolia grandiflora Praecox flower at an earlier age, it will flower throughout the summer and even into the early autumn when the weather is on its side.
Magnolia grandiflora types are always more open in habit here than on the continent where the summers are more routinely warmer. They thrive on most free draining soils from neutral to acid and its large supersized creamy white flowers are both fragrant and stunning. Maturing at a height of 7-12m tall.