The Manglietia decidua tree is originally from China Jiangxi province.
Manglietia species were, investigated by VS Kumar.
By comparing DNA plant material from the manglietia with the magnolia species, they discovered that they are related to each other and is now also referred to as magnolia decidua.
Manglietia Decidua is so rare that there are only five hundred left in the wild.
This is due to the enormous logging in that area, and is now on the list as an endangered plant species.
This Decidua magnolia is also very rare in cultivation.
The only known specimens come from seeds brought from China by Philippe de Spielberg in 1999 and made that seed available to the Magnolia Grove Arboretum Pickens (South Carolina) and the Arboretum Wespelaar in Belgium.
Magnolia Decidua can reach a height of 15 meters.
The leaves are leathery elongated in shape, dark green on the top and the bottom white grey and hairy.
This magnolia is leaf-losing. The flowers consist of fifteen to sixteen narrow sepals that spread a pleasant scent.
The narrow sepals are becoming smaller and closer from the outside.
The pestle is elongated egg-shaped. After flowering, egg-shaped fruits form that are red/brown.