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Dianica magnolia, or Magnolia dianica, is a small, broadleaf evergreen tree from Southwest China. It is both rare and choice and likely to be found only in a connoisseur's garden or university arboreta.  This carefree tree grows to 15 feet with a similar spread. In early spring deep, dark buds burst into beautiful white flowers, each approximately 1 and a half inch across. These blossoms resemble miniature magnolias and though small, they are born in profusion and are perfectly framed against the deep, green foliage making them quite showy. These small blossoms are also wonderfully fragrant and will easily perfume their corner of the garden. And cinnamon hairs cover the sepals as well as the new foliage, giving Dianica magnolia year round interest.

Being less than 20 feet makes this rare tree practical for most of today's smaller gardens and the fragrance of bloom and polish of the form and foliage render it ideal for courtyard or patio. Also, being evergreen, it makes a first rate privacy screen.

Dianica magnolia is slow growing and is easily controlled. Being from southern China however, means that it lacks real cold hardiness. They're known to survive down to the 20s Fahrenheit and perhaps upper teens once established. For colder regions though Dianica magnolia works well as a polished container plant.

Dianica magnolia should be grown in full sun on moist, well drained soil. It does well across the southern US and in the southernmost UK, along a south-facing wall. It's quite well-suited to Australia and New Zealand where it is already gaining in popularity. As always, a tree this rare is not likely to be found in the large discount nurseries, but more likely found in the select plant nurseries or from mail-order tree nurseries.

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