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Tree Campus: Saucer Magnolia

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Saucer Magnolia

Magnolia x soulangiana (MAGNOLIACEAE)



(Garden origin) Parents: S. China



Saucer magnolia is a cross between M. denudata and M. liliiflora.

"In its growing area [M. denudata plays] an important role in environmental protection, climate stability, water maintenance, and ground fertilisation." [2]


Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"[Magnolia denudata] dried flower buds, known as Xin Yi in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, have been used for treatment of emphysema, nasal congestion, sinusitis, and allergic rhinitis." [1]

"Magnolia denudata... is wildly distributed in southern China. The overall floral display of this tree is showy because individual flowers are large and very numerous, and flowering occurs in early spring before leaf flushing, making it an excellent ornamental tree. In addition, its flowers have been used in perfumery since the Han Dynasty, and the buds called Hsin-I (also called Shin-i or Hsenyi) are commonly used in many Asian countries." [2]



"M. liliflora flower bud has been extensively applied to light chemical, food and health industry. Meahwhile, M. liliiflora is a kind of excellent landscaping tree species that has become one of preferred tree species for urban landscaping. In recent years, its market demand has increased enormously. In Sichuan Province, Beichuan County is the main producing area of M. liliflora with a cultivation area of 1,000 hm^2. M. liliflora is mainly propagated by seeds in current production, but there are still many problems, such as large differences among plants and flowering late." [3]



[1] Seo, Y. (2010). Antioxidant activity of the chemical constituents from the flower buds of Magnolia denudata. Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, 15(3), 400-406.

[2] Wang, R., Jia, H., Wang, J., & Zhang, Z. (2010). Flowering and pollination patterns of Magnolia denudata with emphasis on anatomical changes in ovule and seed development. Flora-Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 205(4), 259-265.

[3] Gu, Y. J., Xue, T. G., Zhou, J., & Li, X. Q. (2012). Study on Techniques of Raising Seedlings by Grafting for Magnolia liliiflora Desr. Medicinal Plant, 3(9), 90.

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