Magnolia yuyuanensis (Y.W.Law) V.S.Kumar

Yunnan Wood-lotus, Chinese Magnolia




Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 7b -

Size: 60 to 80' tall and 30 to 50' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


From the plant tag at Clemson: An evergreen Magnolia that was discovered in 1985 by a Chinese taxonomist however was named Manglietia yuyanensis. Produces long narrow leaves and 5" dia. white flowers with outer tepals greenish and/or pinkish in color. It is thought to perform in size and hardiness as M. grandiflora.

From J.C.Raulston website: This is simply one of the finest evergreen trees that we grow at the JCRA. Received back in 1988 from Hangzhou Botanical Garden in China, our plant now measures over 18' tall, and displays a tightly pyramidal growth habit. It has survived temperatures as low as -3°F. As a close relative of the magnolias, Yunnan wood-lotus bears single white flowers (4"–5" wide) with showy dark red stamens inside in spring and pinkish-red seed cones in the fall.


Native to China.

Published in Kew Bull. 61(2): 185 in 2006.

Basionym Magnolia yuyuanensis Y.W.Law.


My Experience: 

I saw this plant at the J.C.Raulston Arboretum and at the Clemson Botanical Garden.

Sources of Information

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