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Magnolia denudata, the lilytree, or Yulan magnolia, is native to China, and is used as an ornamental tree in North American gardens. Its flowers were regarded as a symbol of purity in the Tang Dynasty and it was planted in the grounds of the Emperor's palace. It is the official city flower of Shanghai. The 10–16 cm white flowers that emerge from early to late spring, and are beautiful and thick with a citrus-lemon fragrance. It is similar to other magnolias in that it likes rich, moist soil and should be planted in a location where it is protected from elemental extremes. This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Type: Small tree or large shrub

Seeds per pack: 3

Height: 25-30 feet

Location: Sun or part

Hardiness zones: 6-10

Germination: Soak in water for 24 hours. Plant in a pots with holes at the bottom for drainage. Place the container in a cold area (fridge or similar) 120 days. Alternatively they can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination. Sow seed 1/2" deep, and keep continually moist.

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