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Can a Magnolia tree be kept in a wooden planter with 8 cubic ft of soil and if so is there a particular species that would do better, If not what can you experts suggest,but not a conifer. My good lady would prefer a flowering one.



Oh dear, boundaryman, I might be a gardening guru, but my maths is appalling - can you tell me the measurements (height, depth, width) of the container rather than the cubic foot one you've got - might as well be swahili to me, lol

1 Apr, 2011


Bamboo. That's 2ft x 2ft x 2ft = 8 cu ft

1 Apr, 2011


Thanks! According to my Contained Plants book, Magnolia's not a great pot subject, but it doesn't say why - I can't see any reason why Magnolia stellata in particular, for instance, wouldn't be fine in a tub for a few years. The biggest thing is whether the tub is in full sun or shade or a mix - Magnolia generally prefer shadier situations, as does Camellia, another one you might consider. Deciduous flowering shrub/trees to think about would be Syringa (Lilac), Amelanchier, Hibiscus syriacus. Consider also Wisteria - you'd need to put a post in the centre, firmly fixed, and the pruning would need to be rigorous and frequent, but they can be grown in a tub, specially one that size. All these would like a fair bit of sun (other than the Magnolia and Camellia)

1 Apr, 2011


Thank you Bamboo,will puruse the garden centre this weekend.

1 Apr, 2011


It's occurred to me that they may not mention Magnolia because it loathes root disturbance, and if you want to keep a very large plant in a container for some years, it would eventually need root pruning, so that may be why. But M. stellata is a reasonably small Magnolia anyway.

2 Apr, 2011

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