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Magnolia hybrid 'Stellar Ruby'

Hardy Shrub

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Very unusual and hard-to-find Magnolia hybrid

Glossy evergreen foliage and flowers from spring until autumn!

Ruby flowers with a strong banana fragrance

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A very unusual and hard-to-find Magnolia hybrid that boasts handsome evergreen foliage, a spring-to-autumn blooming season and eye-catching flowers with a strong fruity fragrance!

A hardy hybrid of the Banana Shrub or Magnolia figo, Magnolia ‘Stellar Ruby’ is very different from the deciduous, spring-flowering shrubs we normally associate with Magnolia. This evergreen magnolia features a very upright, narrow growth habit and is densely clothed in glossy, deep green, pointed leaves. Plants are fast-growing compared to other magnolias and will flower reliably from a young age.

In late spring, ‘Stellar Ruby’ produces a heavy flush of small pink to ruby blooms with prominent stamens. The flowers bear an intense fragrance that is variously described as ripe bananas, pear drops or port wine! Sporadic flushes of blooms continue until autumn.

Magnolia ‘Stellar Ruby’ makes a unique specimen for a shrub or mixed border. With its narrow growth habit and dense, evergreen foliage, it is also a useful screening plant. Drought tolerant once established, Magnolia ‘Stellar Ruby’ is pest and disease-resistant and ignored by deer. Tolerant to salt spray, it makes a good choice for coastal gardens. It is equally happy in a large container on the patio, where you can enjoy its banana-scented blooms at close range. Height: 3-4.5m (10-15ft). Spread: 1.8-2.5m (6-8ft).

Height Up to 4.5m (15ft)
Spread Up to 2.5m (8ft)

Hardy Shrub

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full sunsun or semi shade

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1 x 9cm Potted Plant (KF2877)
2 x 9cm Potted Plants (KF2878)

Plant in a sunny or semi shaded position that recieves a minimum of 4-6 hours of sunshine per day and is sheltered from cold winds and hard spring frosts. Suitable for acid soils only that are rich, moist and well-drained. Incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost to improve the soil prior to planting, mixing it thoroughly and deeply. Magnolia plants establish quicker when their roots are shaded. Following planting, apply a mulch of rotted bark chips, manure or garden compost, taking care not to mound it around the stem of the plant. When growing in a patio container use a blend of ericaceous compost mixed with John Innes No. 3.

Water regularly throughout the growing season until fully established. In spring, apply a mulch of well rotted bark chips or garden compost to the base of the plant. Fertilise once a year in the spring with a slow release tree and shrub fertiliser.

Protect from cold winds and hard frosts which can cause foliar damage.

Plants in pots will be at increased risk of the root ball becoming completely frozen and should be moved into a sheltered location, conservatory or cool greenhouse over winter.

Tolerates pruning well. The best time to prune is after blooming. Remove old or diseased wood and trim to shape. 

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. While the majority of our nursery plants cope well with slight delays in intransit, sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this for some of our smaller plug products and tender bedding and vegetable lines, which do not respond well to the extra journey time. So regretfully while we offer the majority of our live plant offering nationwide, we are unable to ship plugs, begging plants and tender vegetable plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3.

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