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Magnolia 'Galaxy'

Magnolia 'Galaxy'

Galaxy hybrid magnolia

Description

Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ (Galaxy hybrid magnolia) was cross-bred by crossing Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ and Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ by the National Arboretum in Washington D.C., United States in 1963. The cultivar was marketed in 1980. Galaxy hybrid magnolia – also commonly referred to as tulip tree ‘Galaxy’ – is a densely branched large shrub to small tree that can grow up to 6 metres tall. The tree has an upright, pyramidal crown that can reach up to 5 metres in width, with a continuous centra leader. 

In April, the abundant blooms of the Galaxy magnolia contain a lovely gradient of different red, pink and violet hues. The fragrant, tulip-shaped flowers are slightly darker than those of Magnolia ‘Spectrum’ and open as saucer-shaped flowers. The flowers are rarely damaged by frost. After blooming, the obovate leaves bud dark green, stay green in summer and turn dark yellow to yellow-brown in autumn. The ‘Galaxy’ selection does not bear fruit. 

The richly flowering Galaxy hybrid magnolia stays relatively small, making it perfect for use in gardens. The Galaxy cultivar is also suitable to use as a standard tree in streets and avenues, though the tree cannot cope with pavement very well. We recommend properly improving the underground growing structure. Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ tolerates air pollution well, but does not like wind and favours a sheltered, preferably sunny environment in moist, nutrient-rich soil, though it can also tolerate relatively poor soil.

Types of planting

Tree types

standard trees half-stem trees feathered trees

Use

Location

street avenue square park central reservation large garden small garden cemetery traffic areas, industrial zones

Pavement

none none open open

Characteristics

Crown shape

narrow pyramidal narrow pyramidal

Crown structure

dense dense

Height

5 - 6 m

Width

3 - 5 m

Winter hardiness zone

6A - 9B

Aspects

Wind

intolerant to wind

Soil

loess sabulous clay peaty light clay sand loamy soil

Nutrient level

moderately rich in nutrients rich in nutrients

Soil moisture level

dry moist wet

Light requirements

sun partial shade

pH range

acidic neutral
5.2 - 7.8

Extreme environments

tolerates air pollution

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Seasonal colours

Magnolia 'Galaxy' seizoenskleur
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Flowers

Flowers

tulip-shaped striking singular big scented

Flower colour

pale red pink pink-violet red-violet pale violet

Flowering period

April - May

Leaves

Leaf colour

dark green

Leaves

deciduous obovate

Autumn colour

yellow-brown dark yellow

Fruits

Fruits

no fruit

Bark

Bark colour

grey-brown

Bark

smooth, later on rough

Twigs

Twig colour

brown

Twigs

bare

Root system

Root system

deep extensive fleshy roots

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