Native Region: Eastern North America
Magnolia virginiana 28 grams
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; moist, humus rich, deep well draining soils.
Harvest Date: Wednesday 18 January, 2012
Seed count: 300-400
Well known for its smooth gray bark, oblong leaves that are green above and white below. But its the sweet clear scent from the 7 cm blossoms that haunts my mind. Starting life as creamy antique ivory and aging to a soft butter yellow, flowers appear in abundance in June then sporatically until frost. Form varies depending on the site; here in the north, its a multistemmed suckering shrub to 8 meters tall with equal spread. In the south, its more tree like reaching 15 meters in height with half the spread. Can be evergreen or deciduous.
Stratifying seed...will only be available until they begin to germinate then they're all mine. Never let seed dry out as this kills the embryo within. Break dormancy: sow immediately 2 cm deep, keep moist; cold stratify 60-90 days at 4C; move to 25 C to germinate; light hinders germination (needs darkness) but expose newly emerging seedlings to indirect light/dappled shade as seedlings emerge. Months to germ: 4-18. Protect from nibbling pests two years.