|Chinese evergreen magnolia|
|Subgenus:||M. subg. Magnolia|
|Section:||M. sect. Gwillimia subsect. Gwillimia|
Magnolia delavayi is a species of flowering plant in the genus Magnolia native to southern China, occurring in Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan at 1,500-2,800 m altitude. It is known by the common names of Chinese evergreen magnolia or Delavay's magnolia. It was named after Father Delavay, French Catholic missionary in China, who collected it.
Magnolia delavayi is a small evergreen tree 8–15 metres (26–49 ft) in height with pale to dark yellowish-brown bark. The leaves are oblong-ovate, 10–20 cm (rarely to 32 cm) long and 5–10 cm (rarely to 20 cm) broad, tough, leathery, with a 5–7 cm petiole.
Magnolia delavayi is grown as an ornamental tree for its evergreen foliage as well as flowers. It is uncommon though increasing in cultivation elsewhere, such as in California. A recently selected red-flowered form is becoming popular in cultivation.
Magnolia delavayi is the city tree of Chongqing.
- Hunt, D. (ed). (1998). Magnolias and their allies. International Dendrology Society and Magnolia Society. ISBN 0-9517234-8-0
- Flora of China: Magnoliaceae (draft account)
- Photos of flowers and foliage
- Rivers, M.C. & Wheeler, L. 2014. Magnolia delavayi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014. Downloaded on 8 October 2015.
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