Magnolia denudata Yellow River (Fei Huang) was first introduced by the China Seed Corproration. Still quite rare in production it is a really superb Magnolia and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. A slow grower with elegant, large, goblet shaped, sweetly fragrant flowers in a wonderful, rich buttery yellow, are produced in spring before the leaves emerge. It is best grown in full sun or semi shade, in a fertile, well drained soil that is slightly neutral to slightly acidic and a sunny location. Magnolia denudata will not grow well in chalky soils so these should be avoided. Planted in a good location it is not likely to need pruning, but this can be done sparingly after flowering and when all danger of frost has passed. This plant can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or can easily be grown in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade, become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 8-9 month applied in the early spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.