- Size: (height x spread): 6-10m x 6-10m
- Light: full sun to part shade
- Soil: well-drained, rich
The Smiling Forest Lily Tree is as alluring as its name suggests. A rare (for us) broadleaf evergreen, it blooms with large, pure white, 9-petal flowers that emit an intense tropical fragrance. The silvery-green leaves are attractive on their own, similar to other evergreen magnolias while lighter in colour than, say, Magnolia grandiflora. Appealing year-round as a small to medium-sized tree, it is the spring bloom in March-April than can make anyone stop and smile. Hardiness rated for Zone 7, which means it should be fine in our colder Zone 8, but you may wish to protect it in a long cold spell. The flowers are used in traditional Chinese medicine.
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