Magnolia x 'Wild Cat'

Magnolia

Plant Type:

TREES
Magnolia x loebneri 'Wildcat' (ex: Will Forster) - Emerging fully double blossoms measure 4 to 5-inch flowers across. The gorgeous April flowers, each with as many as 52 tepals, may emerge with a slight pink blush but will mature white. The sweet fragrance carried on April breezes is heaven. 'Wildcat' will overlap with but flower later than M. stellata. And it may flower for up to 6 weeks given a cool spring. Leaves emerge in a bronze tone and quickly green. Foliage may pick up yellow to burnished gold shading in autumn but if that occurs consider it a bonus. Bark is smooth and gray. Hardly a feral beauty this wildcat is more like a fat, cushy, purring angora. Larry Langford of Tennessee made this exceptional selection from a seedling lot he received from William Seidl from Wisconsin. Deep, organic ground that remains moist. Established potted tree from cutting.


 

Height:

15-25 ft

Spread:

15-25 ft

Colors:

White

Characteristics and Attributes for Magnolia x 'Wild Cat'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Smooth
  • Handsome

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant

Light

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun

Attributes

  • Alee
  • Fragrant
  • Specimen

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast

Soil

  • Moist
  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Humus Laden
  • Organic

Origins

  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Magnolia

Common Name: Magnolia

The Magnolias are one of the earliest known flowering plants to establish themselves on our beautiful planet. Much breeding continues and the cultivar list is expanding with some smaller sizes and new flower colors. Many are typical tree forms while some tend to be multi-stemmed – more like huge shrubs than single-stemmed trees. Most are spring blooming – some early, others later after danger of frost has passed in the north. A few of these will provide some recurrence of bloom during the summer. A handful bloom in summer. Many emit wonderful fragrance. The foliage is often large, bold and paddle-shaped, looking attractive in summer; a handful of species’ leaves are so large that they are reminiscent of banana foliage. Some seasons they develop gold to golden brown autumn color before the leaves drop. It’s hard for me to think of a landscape without one or more included in the mix. All prefer fertile deep loam with plenty of organic matter and moist soils – some are even content in relatively wet conditions. Magnolias should be sited in full to half sun exposures. All our selections are cutting grown, on their own wood – they are not grafted. Some are much easier to produce on their own wood than others; some are quite recalcitrant. In that, we may not always have certain plants available or available in great numbers. Spring planting is recommended for magnolias especially up north. Cutting grown.