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Magnolia kobus - DC.

Common Name Kobus magnolia, Northern Japanese Magnolia
Family Magnoliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hills and bases of mountains all over Japan[58].
Range E. Asia - Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Magnolia kobus Kobus magnolia, Northern Japanese Magnolia


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Magnolia kobus Kobus magnolia, Northern Japanese Magnolia
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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Magnolia kobus is a deciduous Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 7 m (23ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from April to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Beetles.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

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Synonyms

M. precosissima. M. thurberi.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves
Edible Uses: Condiment  Tea

Flowers and flower buds - cooked[177, 183]. The leaves are eaten or used to make a tea[183]. Older leaves are powdered and sprinkled on foods as a flavouring[183].

Medicinal Uses

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Treats headaches[174].

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - soft, light. Used for engraving, utensils, matches etc[46, 61].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Firewood, Pest tolerant, Specimen. Best grown in a warm position in a moderately rich free soil of an open texture[1]. Succeeds in acid or neutral soils in sun or part shade[184]. Fairly lime tolerant[200, 202]. The branches are brittle so a sheltered position is required[200]. Very tolerant of atmospheric pollution[200]. A very hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -28°c[200]. The fleshy roots are easily damaged and any transplanting is best done during a spell of mild moist weather in late spring[182]. Plants take 10 - 15 years to flower after being planted out[202]. The leaves are slightly aromatic[188]. Very closely related to M. stellata, differing in having 3 narrow sepals and 6 - 9 broader petals. Special Features:Not North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed must be kept cold over the winter and should be sown in late winter in a cold frame[200]. The seed usually germinates in the spring but it can take 18 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for at least their first winter. They can be planted out into their permanent positions when they are more than 15cm tall, though should be well mulched and given some protection from winter cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Layering in early spring[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in early summer[202].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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