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Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet michelia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
15m
Max height
10m
Max spread
20-50 Years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Magnolia doltsopa

Other names

Sweet michelia, Temple magnolia, Michelia doltsopa , Michelia manipurensis

Genus

Magnolia Magnolia

Species

M. doltsopa - M. doltsopa is a large, bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree bearing long, oval, glossy, dark green leaves with silky, grey hairs beneath. Fragrant, bowl-shaped, cream to pale yellow flowers in late spring and early summer.


Magnolia doltsopa is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are banana-scented.

Habit

Bushy

Flower

Cream, Pale-yellow in Spring; Pale-yellow, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects , Glasshouse red spider mite Scale insects , Glasshouse red spider mite

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet michelia) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises, Specimen tree, Greenhouse, Conservatory, City, Beds and borders, Woodland

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in with added bark in full light with shade from hot sun. Water moderately & feed monthly in growth; water sparingly in winter. In frost-free areas, grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun with midday shade or in partial shade. Needs shelter from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Magnolia doltsopa

Other names

Sweet michelia, Temple magnolia, Michelia doltsopa , Michelia manipurensis

Genus

Magnolia Magnolia

Species

M. doltsopa - M. doltsopa is a large, bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree bearing long, oval, glossy, dark green leaves with silky, grey hairs beneath. Fragrant, bowl-shaped, cream to pale yellow flowers in late spring and early summer.

Native to

China, Himalayas

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are banana-scented.

Habit

Bushy


Colour

Flower

Cream, Pale-yellow in Spring; Pale-yellow, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Scale insects , Glasshouse red spider mite

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings, Semi-ripe cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet michelia) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Wallside and trellises, Specimen tree, Greenhouse, Conservatory, City, Beds and borders, Woodland

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in with added bark in full light with shade from hot sun. Water moderately & feed monthly in growth; water sparingly in winter. In frost-free areas, grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun with midday shade or in partial shade. Needs shelter from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet michelia)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora kernoviae

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pathogen of certain tree and shrub species; subject to a containment strategy the UK.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet michelia)

Common pest name

Japanese long scale; Japanese maple scale; Long scale; Japanese; Pear white scale

Scientific pest name

Lopholeucaspis japonica

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Regulated only on Citrus at present; regulation on other hosts needs to be considered. Only likely to be a pest under glass in UK.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet michelia)

Common pest name

; Apple bark beetle; Asian ambrosia beetle; Granulate ambrosia beetle

Scientific pest name

Xylosandrus crassiusculus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Ambrosia beetle which can affect a wide range of broadleaved trees; widespread in Africa; Asia and parts of the US; with outbreaks in France and Italy. The UK climate is unlikely to be suitable for the pest to thrive and cause significant damage but needs to be investigated through research. A Europe-wide PRA will help inform the case for EU regulation. Premises involved in importing wood and host plants from Italy in particular; where official measures are not being taken; should source material carefully.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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