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Magnolia laevifolia 'Snow Angel' (Michelia yunnanensis)
Magnolia laevifolia 'Snow Angel' (Michelia yunnanensis)
Magnolia laevifolia 'Snow Angel' (Michelia yunnanensis)

Magnolia laevifolia 'Snow Angel' (Michelia yunnanensis)

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All of these name changes in the genus "Magnolia" will be difficult to become accustomed to, but this is one of the hardest ones to cope with. We knew this plant for years as Michelia yunnanensis, but when all Michelias were put in the genus Magnolia, since there was already a Magnolia yunnanensis, then this one was given the name Magnolia dianica ("dianica" being another name for the province Yunnan). Well, I don't know why M. dianica didn't work, because now it is officially Magnolia laevifolia. Now I'm sure you have got all of this. But 'Snow Angel' is a seedling selection of Bobby Green of Green Nurseries on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay in Fairhope, AL. Bobby specializes in Camellias but also has a great interest in species Magnolias. This species is somewhat rangy in growth habit, but this selection is far better than the species with a compact spreading habit. We don't really know the mature height of this selection, but the species is said to reach only 12-14' in its native China, so this one appears that it will be half the height or less than its parent. For us here in zone 8 it flowers from late March to mid April, missing the late freezes which devastate many Michelias in the Deep South. It's 1.5" fragrant white flowers literally line the pendulous branches of this evergreen shrub. It grows well in full sun to part shade on well drained soil with uniform moisture.

Zones 7-9