Approximately one hundred to two hundred species of Magnolia are found in tropical America and Asia.
The genera Mangletia and Michellia are included in the genus Magnolia by some authorities. The saucer
magnolia is a hybrid between two Japanese species, Magnolia heptapetala and M. liliflora. It is deciduous in winter and
slow growing. Flowers may be up to six inches wide and colors range white to
pink and purple. Traditionally, the magnolias were classified as dicotyledons.
Some scientists believe that magnolias are descendents of a basal group of
flowering plants that preceded the development of monocotyledons and dicots.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: somewhat drought tolerant, benefits from irrigation during a prolonged drought
Soil: adaptable, no special requirements
In north Florida,
saucer magnolia grows best where the soil is consistently moist. It flowers
best when grown in full sun.