Pleached Magnolia, Southern or Evergreen Magnolia

Pleached Magnolia grandiflora ‘Galissoniere’ (Magnoliaceae)

pleached Magnolia grandiflora
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Southern Magnolia is a classic evergreen cultivar grown for planting against walls and creating natural formal divides and garden structures. A wonderful ornamental evergreen tree with large glossy leaves and an abundance of large creamy-white, fragrant flowers which look and smell quite sensational from mid to late summer. Prefers a sheltered site with lots of sunshine and Pleached Magnolia should be pruned twice annually to keep in tip top condition.

  • Evergreen
  • High pleached options
  • Also available as specimen ornamental trees
  • Stem girth from 10-12cm up to 25-30cm, occasionally bigger available but they need booking in advance
  • Various stem heights and frame sizes available
  • Trained on frame in pleached form for 1-5 years in some cases even longer
  • Pleached Magnolia Grandiflora is available in pots and containers
  • Nationwide delivery service by articulated lorry, smaller vehicle by prior arrangement

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Pleached Magnolia, Southern Magnolia, Evergreen Magnolia – Magnolia grandiflora ‘Galissoniere’ (Magnoliaceae)

The Magnolia grandiflora Galisoniere is a wonderful upmarket, evergreen tree. Distinctly individual it is impossible to confuse with any other species This medium sized tree was introduced from America in the early 1700’s where it is common in Florida, Texas and North Carolina. In these areas it reaches heights of 30 meters but in the cooler climates of Britain, it seldom reaches heights over 15m. Instead it has a tendency to become broader rather than tall, a trait caused by reduced temperatures. Some wonderful specimens can be found adorning the exterior walls of stately homes across Britain.

A cultivar of Magnolia which is being used more frequently to create natural instant screens and formal divides. The trees produce an abundance of creamy-white, fragrant flowers which look and smell quite sensational from mid to late summer – July – September. Measuring 20-25cm in length, the flowers are impossible to miss. The distinctly unique, oval to oblong, dark green waxy leaves, with brown velvety undersides, measure 12-20cm on average. Combine the leaves with the smooth bark and this tree gives a distinct air of class. Green fruits arrive after the flowers, oval in shape and velvety to touch, they measure 8-12cm in length.

Where to plant Magnolia Grandiflora

Tolerating all soil types except alkaline means this tree is extremely adaptable. Ideally when young it prefers to be planted in a sheltered location along a south facing wall for protection against cold Northerlies. They have however done surprisingly well in the South of England where avid gardeners have been sympathetic to positioning them in suitable locations. The increase in average temperatures also appears to be helping, with large specimens growing unprotected in open ground in the South of England. While winter hardy to an extent it prefers the temperatures not to drop below -12C. It shows a good resistance to wind and tolerates paving and hard landscaping, but it doesn’t like its root plate to be covered completely so some planning will be necessary.

Its best practice to prune these trees once or preferably twice a year to keep their shape and form. Suitable for gardens within a a mile or two of the coast where a small amount of salt is tolerable. Available as High pleached trees, specimen ornamental trees, feathered and clear stemmed trees and specimen shrubs. Suitable for large and small gardens and available in pots and containers while stocks last.

Planting advice for Pleached trees, Freshly Pleached trees, Espalier trees and Freshly Espaliered trees.

An important consideration when planting pleached or espalier trees in a straightfreshly pleached trees ready to be planted line is the slope of the ground. Pleached or Espalier trees look their best when they are planted on flat or gently sloping ground. Doing so will line up the frames and stems and creating effect of one continuous line when viewed at all angles. Even on a gradual slope this effect can be achieved. However, with a slope of more than 10-12 degrees, it may be necessary to step the trees/frames when planting (the frames on freshly pleached trees can be manipulated to account for a sharper slope of perhaps 15 degree if necessary).

To create a good visual effect, it is important to line up the stems and frames (unless you are planting them in a circle or semi-circle). To start off the planting holes should measure roughly double the width of the rootball or pot….

Read our full planting guide here

How are Pleached Trees made?

freshly pleaching trees on framePleached trees or screen trees start life as a seedling or cutting, much like any other tree, being repotted or replanted a number of times in their formative years. They grow happily on the nursery with hundreds or even thousands of other trees. When the time is right, highly skilled nurserymen and woman go out into the field amongst the trees with tags in hand and pick the very best trees for pleaching. The criteria for choosing the best trees for training includes, selecting those with the straightest stems, healthy root stock and appropriately spreading and uninform crowns. Once tagged and lifted the trees are loaded onto trailers and sent to potting sheds for training. Read our full guide to pleaching trees here

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