Reads Nursery has been passionate about plants and trees since 1841. We work hard to maintain our tradition and reputation for superb quality products backed up by excellent customer service, delivered by people who really know and love plants.
Magnolias are a more recent specialism for Reads and we are extremely proud of the wonderful range we have developed. It includes some very rare and unusual varieties, many of them not easily available in the UK.
We have devised the Reads Nursery Magnolias website especially for people who are passionate about this beautiful, distinctive and evocative tree. It is known for its fragrant blossoms that may be pink, white, green, purple or even yellow. The fruits form a cone-like structure and when ripe they split open and the seeds dangle on thread-like stalks which attract birds. There are both deciduous and evergreen varieties of Magnolia.
Magnolias have been found in fossils dating back millions of years.Whilst the Ice Age was thought to have destroyed the tree in Europe, it continued to thrive in Asia and the Americas. An important tree in both Japanese and Chinese culture, the Chinese are known to have cultivated the Magnolia since the 7th century. In the USA, the Magnolia has been the official state flower of Louisiana since 1900 and Mississippi is known as the ‘Magnolia State’.
On this site you will be able to explore lots of different varieties of Magnolia tree and we hope you will find something to suit your personal taste and your particular garden. We have also included lots of useful information about the various species, preparation and planting, and how to keep your Magnolias in the best of health. We hope you enjoy browsing the site and we are happy to answer any questions and discuss your particular requirements.