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Magnolia

Magnolia

To watch magnolia blooms suddenly unfurl on bare branches is one of early spring's most enchanting moments. The sweetly scented flowers are large and either cupped or a cluster of star-shape petals. Deciduous saucer and star magnolias bloom first and make excellent border companions for early-flowering perennials and bulbs. If frosts occur late in your region, select a later-blooming variety and mulch around the tree so the flower show won't be ruined by surprise cold spells. Southern magnolia grows into a magnificent lofty tree. Its large, dark green leathery leaves are sueded with rusty fuzz on the undersides. Huge bowl-shape flowers appear in midsummer and are intensely fragrant. Both seed pods and leaves furnish interesting botanical shapes for dried wreaths and other decorations. Magnolias prefer moist, well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil, although Southern magnolia can tolerate dry, alkaline soil.

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20 feet or more

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To 50 feet wide

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5-9

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'Alexandrina' saucer magnolia
'Alexandrina' saucer magnolia
Magnolia soulangeana 'Alexandrina' is an early-blooming selection with large rosy flowers with white centers. It grows 20 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
'Bracken's Brown Beauty' magnolia
'Bracken's Brown Beauty' magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' is a compact cultivar that grows about 30 feet tall. It is one of the most cold-hardy Southern magnolias available. Zones 6-9
Cucumber tree
Cucumber tree
Magnolia acuminata is a North American native tree that offers tropical-looking, 10-inch-long leaves and greenish-yellow flowers in early summer. It grows 70 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Zones 4-8
'Dr. Merrill' magnolia
'Dr. Merrill' magnolia
Magnolia loebneri 'Dr. Merrill' is a fast-growing tree to 30 feet and produces white spring flowers at an early age. Zones 5-9
'Elizabeth' magnolia
'Elizabeth' magnolia
Magnolia 'Elizabeth' displays primrose-yellow blooms that make it a standout in the landscape. This slow-growing tree reaches 25 feet tall and about 15 feet wide. Zones 4¬-8
'Little Gem' magnolia
'Little Gem' magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' is a compact Southern magnolia bearing small white flowers. The tree grows 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 7-9
'Niemetzi' saucer magnolia
'Niemetzi' saucer magnolia
Magnolia soulangeana 'Niemetzi' has a distinct upright form. It grows 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Zones 5-9
Oyama magnolia
Oyama magnolia
Magnolia sieboldii is a spreading tree that bears large, cup-shape white blooms from late spring until late summer. It grows 25 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Zones 6-9
Saucer magnolia
Saucer magnolia
Magnolia soulangeana produces large bowl-shape flowers in shades of pink on bare branches in early spring. It grows 20 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Southern magnolia
Southern magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora is among the most majestic. This evergreen bears huge white, fragrant flowers. Native to North America, it grows 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Zones 7-9
'Waterlily' magnolia
'Waterlily' magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily' is grown for its lush blooms. As many as 36 sparkling white petals with pink undersides make up each flower of this 10- to 15-foot-tall shrub. Zones 4-9
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