Magnolia are often thought of as a difficult plant to care for, but despite the sometimes delicate nature of the varieties, they are quite tough plants and generally do well in any garden as long as the rules of the variety are followed.

They require full sun or part shade, and most variants are suitable for any soil except those that are chalky. Some shelter from cold winds may also be required.

Pruning should be undertaken in midsummer when the plant has its full compliment of leaves. Straggly branches should be removed, as well as any branches which cross to ensure they do not cause damage to each other during winds.