Planting magnolia - the right companion for a demanding wood


Below the tree top, magnolias look particularly bare, especially outside of flowering. You can easily change that by planting the magnolia. But beware! It only works with the right choice of plants.

Magnolias can by no means be planted with all plants. As true queens of the garden, magnolias take up most of the sunlight, nutrients and water in the soil. If you want to plant your magnolia under, there are modest and shade-friendly companions.

The selection for the vegetable court ranges from robust ground cover such as ivy to splendidly flowering shrubs such as rhododendrons.

Plant magnolias carefully

Do not damage the roots of the magnolia

Magnolias are flat rooters. They form a tough root network in the uppermost layers of the earth.

However, do not open a rough gun in the form of spades or even milling. This creates space for companions in the ground, but damages the magnolia considerably by damaging its roots. If it is not possible to find a root-free space near the trunk for larger accompanying plants, it is better to choose a location on the edge of the tree disc. Root penetration is significantly lower there.

Mulch the tree slice extensively

Cover the soil under the magnolia with a layer of fresh compost or bark mulch before planting. In doing so, they help the companions get off to a nutritious start. Unless you are bothered by the sight, you can also leave fallen magnolia leaves in the fall and only roughly clean the companions from the leaves.

Transplant magnolias with ground cover

Small to medium-sized species of magnolia such as star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) or tulip magnolia (Magnolia soulangiana) harmonize very well with ground cover and other low companions. Here is a small selection:

  • snowdrop
  • ivy
  • hostas
  • cranesbill
  • Small evergreen
  • and squill

These plants get along well with the already rooted soil under the magnolia. Extensive vegetation with these plants offers additional advantages: The earth does not heat up as much in summer and the water evaporates much more slowly.

Plant bushes under magnolia

Adult representatives of large to very large species, such as umbrella magnolias (Magnolia tripetala) or cucumber magnolias (Magnolia acuminata), offer plenty of space under the branches of their branches for another plant floor. Bushes and shrubs, which have their natural home in the forest and can compete with the magnolia, are ideal as a companion and additional eye-catcher.