Information about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld



species, hybrids and cultivars

including species formerly in Michelia
Family: Magnoliaceae

Magnolias are sought after all over the world primarily for their flowers, which are either spectacularly beautiful, fabulously fragrant, and sometimes both. But even when not in flower, these plants can be appreciated for their form and foliage. Depending on the species and cultivar chosen, they can be useful as feature trees or screening hedges. (Continued below...)

Nurseries supplying Magnolias and Michelias to Qld


The following advertisers may include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly.


38 Alpine Tce
Mount Tamborine, Qld
Ph: (07) 5545 1042

At Birchgrove Nursery, enjoy the ambience of an English country garden while purchasing plants and accessories to create your own.

One of Qld's largest ranges of roses with potted bush, climbing, weeping and standard roses available most of the year. Heritage and modern varieties.

The selection of flowering cherries, maples and other deciduous trees, birch, weeping mulberry, magnolias, camellias, hydrangea, daphne, lavender and other cottage garden favourites changes seasonally.

Concrete & metal garden art, water features, arbours, arches, bridges, wishing wells and other accessories will add an extra dimension to your dream garden.

View the picture gallery at the Birchgrove Nursery WEBSITE for more information and inspiration.


176 Long Road,
Eagle Heights, Qld 4271
Ph: (07) 5545 4999
Tambourine Mountain Nursery offers a range of beautiful plants, specialising in classic temperate-climate species and many others that are difficult to find elsewhere in the Brisbane/Gold Coast region.

Range includes plants such as camellias, wisterias, conifers, acers, brugmansias, gingko, birches, liquidambar, viburnums, michelias plus a many varieties of evergreen and deciduous magnolias. White, variegated and portwine jacarandas.

Phone ahead to confirm availablity or arrange an order. Wholesale and retail.

While general garden centres may carry a limited range, this section is intended for nurseries (supplying the public in Qld) which might be considered Magnolia or Michelia specialists, for customers seeking a greater selection or rare varieties. If you operate such a nursery, go to Information for advertisers, to learn more about promoting your business on this website, including current prices.

More about Magnolias and Michelias

Magnolias are generally suited to temperate climates. In Queensland, residents of elevated areas like Toowoomba or Tamborine Mountain are going to have the best chance of success with magnolias, particularly the deciduous species.

A few magnolias can be grown in warmer regions, notably cultivars of M. grandiflora ('Little Gem' is a very popular cultivar), and members of the former genus Michelia.

Note that Michelia and several other closely related genera have recently been incorporated with the Magnolia.
    Classification of Magnoliaceae
    Genera of Magnoliaceae Germplasm Resources Information Network, USDA

However, you'll probably see them for sale under the old names for a time, in addition to older texts (and links).

News item: Magnolia species face uncerain future in the wild
The Red List of the Magnoliaceae released in April 2007 suggests that over half of the world's known Magnolia species face extinction in the wild. Information in the report will be useful in planning conservation efforts in the wild and in botanic gardens' living collections. Read more here: Magnolias - Bloom and Doom? (Brooklyn Botanic Garden)

Some species and cultivars you might find on the market in Queensland, plus links to more information:

Magnolia grandiflora

This species (including Magnolia 'Little Gem') is covered on a separate page: Magnolia grandiflora

Magnolia delavayii

Magnolia delavayi Urban Forest Ecosystems, California Polytechnic State University

Magnolia x soulangeana

This hybrid magnolia is a very popular worldwide. There are many cultivars.
Magnolia X soulangeana Auburn University
Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana) Dendrology at Virginia Tech
Magnolia soulangiana Landscape Plant Propagation Information, University of Florida

Magnolia lilliflora

Best known by the above name, although now also known as Magnolia quinquepeta. A cultivar is 'Nigra'.
Egg Magnolia Magnolia liliifera. at Flowers of India

Magnolia sprengeri

'Diva' is a cultivar.


Dwarf Magnolia Magnolia coco. at Flowers of India
Campbell's Magnolia Magnolia campbelli. at Flowers of India
Magnolia x 'Elizabeth'
Magnolia x 'Caerhays Belle'

The Michelias

The (former) Michelias offer a wider choice for the tropics and subtropics than the "classic" magnolias. While the flowers may not be as impressive visually, the Michelias are notable for their fragrance.

Magnolia figo (Michelia figo)

Commonly known as the "Port Wine Magnolia", this is the Michelia most familiar to Queenslanders. Go to Port Wine Magnolia for more information on this species and its hybrids

Magnolia champaca (Michelia champaca)

This tree is popular in tropical regions of the world.
Michelia champaca James Cook University, Qld
Champaca, Joy Perfume Tree Magnolia champaca. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Michelia champaca (Magnoliaceae) National Tropical Botanical Garden, USA
Magnolia champaca "Botany Photo of the Day", University of British Columbia Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research
Champa Magnolia champaca. Flowers of India
Golden Champa Magnolia champaca. Flowers of India
Michelia champaca AgroForestryTree Database
Michelia champaca Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Members' Day Plant Sale, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Florida, USA. see notes on M. champaca including cultural uses in Asia.

Michelia alba

You may also see this referred to as White Champaca in some literature.
Synonyms: Magnolia x alba, Michelia champaca 'Alba'
Flowering this week: Michelia alba Blog post by Abbie Jury, including some notes on culture and propagation. New Zealand
Promising New Evergreen Magnolias for Florida Includes some notes on Magnolia x alba. University of Florida

Fairy MagnoliaTM

Jury evergreen Magnolias or Michelias Notes on varieties bred by the Jury family, including 'MicJUR01' (Fairy MagnoliaTM Blush). New Zealand

Michelia yunnanensis (Magnolia dianica)

Magnolia dianica 'Michelle' - Magnoliaceae Notes on the origin and qualities of this cultivar of what was previously Michelia yunnanensis. In: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter, Fall 2006 - Volume 10, Number 2. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University

Some other species and cultivars you might see on the market (it's hoped to have more information about these for you in future updates):
Michelia doltstopa
Michelia doltsopa 'Silver Cloud'

More Online Information

The following are for general information, research and ideas - some species or cultivars referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia or unsuitable for Queensland conditions

Magnolia diary A variety of information from NZ Magnolia breeders, Mark and Abbie Jury
Walking Around Dinosaurs: Magnolias in Full Bloom Some interesting facts about magnolias. Post at "This Garden Is Illegal" (Blog)
Evergreen Magnolias in: The Trillium, Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society newsletter. Includes discussion about selecting cold-tolerant cultivars
Michelias and Manglietias - Some of the Other Magnolias Discusses several of the less commonly grown Magnolia of the former genera Michelia and Manglietia. In: Friends of the Arboretum Newsletter, Summer 2007 - Volume 11, Number 1. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University
Getting more out of your magnolia then just the flower Seed propagation. University of Florida (PDF)
State of Mississippi Symbols A magnolia is the State Flower and Tree. The Official State Web Site of Mississippi
Magnolia denudata San Francisco Botanical Garden
Magnolia denudata University of Florida
Magnolia insignis UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada
Magnolia stellata Auburn University
Magnolia virginiana Auburn University
Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Talauma hodgsonii University of California Los Angeles
Magnolia glauca Landscape Plant Propagation Information, University of Florida
Yellow leaves on michelia Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture

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