February 1, 2023
Magnolia kobus 'Borealis'

Magnolia kobus 'Borealis'

Magnolia kobus ‘Borealis’ is a deciduous tree native to Japan and Korea. It is also known as Kobus Magnolia, Mokryeon, Kobushi Magnolia, Northern Japanese Magnolia, or Magnolia praecocissima. It belongs to the Magnoliaceae family of plants. It is a slow grower.

Magnolia kobus ‘Borealis’ grows as tall as 80ft or 24m. The branches if crushed, are fragrant. It has fragrant, creamy-white-colored flowers. They are about 5in or 12.5cm wide. After flowering it produces fruits. The fruits are pinkish and the seed red. Magnolia kobus ‘Borealis’ flowers in spring, around April. This tree flowers when it matures. Sometimes it takes over 30 years before it starts flowering. As it gets older it flowers more profusely.

Magnolia kobus  'Borealis'
Magnolia kobus ‘Borealis’ at Kew Gardens

How to grow Magnolia kobus ‘Borealis’:

Grow Magnolia kobus ‘Borealis’ tree in full sun or partial shade. Plant it in rich and well-drained soil. It does not like soil that is excessively dry or wet. Protect it from strong wind.

Magnolia kobus 'Borealis'
Magnolia kobus ‘Borealis’

It is easily propagated from seeds or cuttings in the summer. However, seeds need to go through a cold period before sowing. You will obviously be waiting a much longer period for them to flower.

They do not require any pruning except to shape it. Prune it after flowering is over, in the summer. The most common problem for Magnolias is the damage to the flowers from the cold. It is best not to plant them with southern exposure so as not to encourage early blooming.

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