Fairy Magnolia Blush

Fairy Magnolia® Blush is a new hybrid of Michelias bred to produce masses of beautiful fragrant flowers blushed with lilac-pink in early Spring.  These plants are so free flowering that they have a flower bud at each leaf axil and have been known to provide a light flush of flowers during summer too.

The plants are bushy with rich evergreen foliage, which makes them ideal in the garden as a flowering hedge or specimen plant.

 

Key Features

  • Beautifully fragrant blooms
  • Masses of russet colored buds opening to lilac-pink flowers in Spring
  • Medium dark green foliage
  • Compact and bushy growth habit
  • Great as a hedging plant
  • Ideal as a specimen plant too, either in the ground or large pot

 

Suggested Uses

Ornamental specimen, hedging, screening and privacy.

 

Growth Habit

Upright, compact and bushy habit.

 

Flower Size

2½ inch diameter.

 

Mature Height

9 – 12 ft. over 7 years

 

Mature Width

5 – 7 ft.  over 7 years

 

Spacing

Plant 3 ft apart to create a hedge and up to 5 ft apart for a looser screen.

 

Hardiness

Hardy in USDA zones 7b – 11.

 

Flowering Period

Flowers from March to May.

 

Number Of Flowers

Masses of flowers along the length of each stem.

 

Flower Color

Flowers start blushed lilac pink and age to white later in the season.

 

Fragrance

Lightly fragrant.

 

Foliage

Dense dark green foliage.

 

Pruning/Pinching

Trim to shape, can be trained to single leader or trimmed as a bush, hedge, topiary or espalier.

 

Light Needs

Will tolerate full sun to partial shade.

 

Soil Needs

Performs well in a range of soil types, but prefers well worked friable soils; avoid very heavy water logged conditions.

 

Water Needs

Performs best when given moderate moisture levels over summer, but can handle drier conditions once established. Occasional deep watering recommended.

 

Fertilizer

In a garden situation, feed annually after flowering with a general fertilizer. In a container feed in spring and fall with a slow release fertilizer.

 

Disease Tolerance

Not usually susceptible to diseases, but can get some leaf spotting in low light levels and if crowded.

 

Pest Issues

No major pest issues.

 

Special Care

Performs best with good drainage and don’t let dry out completely when establishing.

 

Parentage

doltsopa x yunnanensis x figo cross

 

Varietal/Cultivar Name

MicJur01