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Port Wine Magnolia
Characteristics: Evergreen shrub 3-4 m
Seeds per packet: 5
A dense shrub with attractive port wine coloured flowers with a fragrant scent hence to common name.
Flowering occurs during spring
A useful species which are a very good choice for hedging or screen plants.
Native to China.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 20-24°C for this species.
If the seed fails to swell carefully nick the seed with a sharp knife and re-treat with hot water.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.