Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is an icon of the South, with large stature to match its magnificent white blossoms. But the genus includes many other flowering notables. Saucer magnolia (M. x soulangeana) blooms profusely in spring in shades ranging from white to purple; lily-flowered magnolia (M. liliiflora) produces vivid purplish flowers in mid spring.
Height: varies; most are small to medium trees
Zones: most hardy in 6-9
Editor's pick: Magnolia 'Elizabeth' produces unusual yellow blooms; 'Galaxy' saucer magnolia is less likely to lose its bloom to spring freeze.
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