• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Strong grower to 50 ft. and more tall, 25 to 35 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Early summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mag-NOH-li-a gran-di-FLOH-ra
    Plant type:Magnolia, Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 12, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Strong grower to 50 ft. and more tall, 25 to 35 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasThis big beautiful fellow is a super long-lived street tree. Ideal for medians, parkways and most civic applications. Good lawn specimen. Plant in a roomy yard so its huge proportions won't dwarf the house. Excellent evergreen for pastoral landscapes on estates or parks.
    Companion PlantsThis Magnolia should be combined with trees that are of similar size at maturity and that will offer interest when it is out of bloom. Fall color in warmer winters comes reliably from FestivalTM Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua FestivalTM) and Chinese Pistachio (Pistacia chinensis). Add flower color in late summer with the powerful Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Watermelon Red') or the spring-flowering pink Krauter's Vesuvius Purple Leaf Plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter's Vesuvius').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This plant known locally as bull bay is native to North America. Its range extends across the south from North Carolina to Texas and south to Florida. It was introduced into Europe in 1734 and later classified into a genus named after Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), a botanist of Montpellier, France. By 1863 a number of garden varieties were in existance including lanceolata, which contributed to this plant's culumnar form. D.D. Blanchard orignates at Robbins Nursery in North Carolina.
    Southern magnolia has proven one of the finest North American native trees in cultivation with a dozen excellent cultivars.