Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 120 days
Germination: can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination, sow seed 1/2" deep, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, remove mulch upon germination
Looking for a unique and ornamental tree for your garden? Look no further than the Magnolia hypoleuca, also known as the Japanese Big-Leaved Magnolia. This medium-sized deciduous tree can grow up to 15 meters tall and boasts stunning large leaves that can measure up to 50cm long and 25cm broad. The flowers are equally impressive, with a strong scent and creamy, fleshy tepals. Not only is this tree visually appealing, but it also has practical uses. The large leaves can be used for wrapping food, and the young leaves and flower buds are boiled and eaten as a vegetable. Plus, the wood is sought after by craftsmen for its strength, lightness and workability. Best grown in a warm, well-drained soil, this tree is sure to be a focal point in any garden.