I have two Sonchafa trees in my pot. but they are not flowering. I am told that there is a male tree and a female tree. I may have a male tree in my pot.

How can I differentiate between a male tree and a female tree?

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    I added a link to the Wikipedia article for Magnolia champaca. Please edit your post to correct that if I've linked to the wrong plant (the article indicates that the name may be used for other plants).
    – Niall C.
    Dec 29, 2015 at 14:31
  • If you actually do mean Magnolia champaca, these plants are not separated between male and female individuals.
    – Bamboo
    Dec 29, 2015 at 17:21

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Normally you can't.

Caveat: I don't know this species in particular, but in all the diecious woody plants I know, none of them can be told apart before they bloom. Unlike mammals, there is no consolidation of sex related genes onto a single chromosome.

(Eventually we should be able to detect differences from sequencing the DNA. Not trivial. Most plants have a lot more DNA than mammals, and the interactions get messy.)

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