Half of all the world’s magnolia species are threatened with extinction in the wild, according to a new report by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).

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Researchers found that 48 per cent of magnolia species were in danger of dying out in their natural habitats.

They include Magnolia stellata, a favourite of UK gardeners.

But in its native Japan, illegal collecting and habitat loss is pushing it to the brink of extinction.

Climate change, illegal plant plundering from the wild, logging activities and habitat loss due to agriculture were all blamed for the magnolia’s bleak future.