Magnolia x soulangeana - Saucer Magnolia - Magnoliaceae Morphology: A large deciduous shrub to small tree. Alternate leaves are simple, shiny, dark green and oval-shaped. Large flowers, in various shades of white, pink and maroon, varying from 10-20 centimeters in diameter. Originally hybridized in France by Etienne Soulange-Bodin. It is a cross of M. denudata and M. liliiflora. It is widely used in horticulture for its flowers, which emerge before the leaves.