This rare tropical and stunning member of the Magnolia family is evergreen tree getting between 25-30 feet and 10' to 15' wide. It is upright-oval in form and has attractive grey-brown bark. The leaves droop gracefully along the stems and are up to 10" long. Pink flower buds appear late fall to winter and open anytime from February to July, depending on climate. Has huge fragrant creamy white magnolia-like flowers cream or pink-tinged within, pale pink to red without. Spikes of purplish red fruits later decorate the plant.
Grow in humus-rich, moist but well drained soil in full sun to light shade.
Requires a very warm, sheltered garden or can be grown as a conservatory plant if moved inside in the winter.
Genus - Manglietia
Species - Insignis
Common name - Red Lotus Tree
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 7 - 11
Height - 30' / 9m
Spread - 10-15' / 3-4,5m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Clay, laom, well drained
Water requirements - Average water needs. Water regularly, no overwatering
Landscape uses - This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, flowers are fragrant. Suitable for growing in containers
Germination rate - 76%
Bloom season - Mid Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink
|Germination||1. Soak seeds for 24-48 hours in lukewarm water. |
2. Startify for 2-3 months in moist sowing mix at 2-5°C in the fridge or unheated greenhouse. Sow at 1 cm deepa after stratification.Germination temperature - 20-25°C. Sunlight inhibits germination. Newly emerging seedlings need indirect light/dappled shade at first then stronger light as they put down a larger root system. Protect from nibbling pests two years. All magnolias growing in temperate regions have identical seed germination requirements where no special treatment is needed other than sowing and cold stratification (experience cold damp conditions).