Plants of merit: Magnolia sieboldii

  • Wed May 19th, 2010 8:03pm
  • Life

Everett’s Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens, a horticultural resource for gardeners and nature lovers throughout the region, is a great place to see plants and trees you might like to grow in your own yard.

To that end, Sandy Schumacher, a longtime arboretum director and volunteer, will highlight one arboretum specimen every other week, May through October, in this section.

Learn more about the arboretum at or call 425-257-8597.

WHAT: Magnolia sieboldii is a deciduous tree covered with 4-inch-diameter fragrant flowers in the late spring and early summer.

Orange seeds are borne in pink fruits later in the season. Some sporadic flowering may occur in the summer as well.

One of the hardiest magnolias, it is native to China, Japan and Korea.

SUN OR SHADE: This magnolia thrives in dappled shade to full sun and prefers well-drained soil.

SIZE: This tree, also known as Oyama magnolia, grows to 25 feet high and 30 feet wide.

SEE IT: You will find this tree in bloom now on the urban tree walk that leads up to the arboretum entrance at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett.

Source: Sandra Schumacher/Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens