Magnolia maudiae also known as the Smiling Monkey Tree grows well in mild climates Zones 7-10. This magnolia originally from China, is well suited to grow in pots unlike most magnolias. Flowers in the winter with large 6" cream /ivory blooms along the branches rather than on the tip. Smiling Monkey Tree will grow in all light conditions from shade to full sun. Plant in well drained rich soil for best growth. Planted in the ground, this Magnolia can reach 20 feet with a 10 foot spread.