Magnolia dawsoniana

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Dawson's magnolia
Magnolia dawsoniana (1).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia
Subgenus: Magnolia subg. Yulania
Section: Magnolia sect. Yulania
Subsection: Magnolia subsect. Yulania
M. dawsoniana
Binomial name
Magnolia dawsoniana
Rehder & E.H.Wilson

Magnolia dawsoniana, known as Dawson's magnolia, is a magnolia species native to the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan in China, usually at altitudes of 1,400 to 2,500 m (4,600 to 8,200 ft).[2]


Magnolia dawsoniana leaves

It is a small, ornamental deciduous tree that can grow to heights of 20 m. Leaf shape is obovate to elliptic-obovate, 7.5–14 cm-long, and is bright green above and glaucous underneath. The white to reddish flowers are large (16–25 cm wide), fragrant, and appear before leaves.[3] It was first discovered in western Sichuan in 1869 by Père Jean Pierre Armand and was introduced in western cultivation in 1908, when E.H. Wilson sent seeds from plants growing near Kangding, Sichuan, to Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. They are, however, rarely cultivated.

Magnolia dawsoniana is cold hardy to USDA hardiness zone 6.


  1. ^ "Magnolia dawsoniana". IUCN Red List. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Magnolia dawsoniana – Geographic Range". IUCN Red List. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Yulania dawsoniana (Rehder & E.H.Wilson) D.L.Fu". World Flora Online. Retrieved 18 February 2022.

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