Magnolia laevifolia (Y.W.Law & Y.F.Wu) Noot.

Shrub to small tree with a brownish velvety covering on the young leaves and flower buds. Leaves variable in shape and size. Leaf stalk 5-7 mm long. Flower segments mostly 6-12, each 2-3.5 cm long, yellowish white, scent poor; late winter to early spring. Carpels projecting beyond the stamens on a common stalk 5-9 mm long.


Compact plants are promoted under the name Scented Pearl.

Flowers and leaves used as spices.

Flower buds with a pronounced velvety rust-coloured hair, also on the lower leaf surface.

Specimens?NSW: Mt Tomah Bot. Gdn.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Magnoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press. (as Michelia yunnanensis)

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Magnolianae
order      Magnoliales
family       Magnoliaceae
genus        Magnolia L.