Flowers later than the star magnolia and thus avoids frost damage to the flower buds. Exquisite, 3 to 4 inch blooms, reddish purple outside and white inside, appear before the foliage buds out. A spectacular specimen or accent. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:mag-NO-lee-aPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 24Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing 10 to 15 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide.Special features:Deer ResistantFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PurpleDesign IdeasA perfectly sized smaller tree with high visual appeal for front yard foundation planting. Use against evergreens in more expansive beds or create a centerpiece for a luscious perennial garden. Exquisite flowers are more appreciated when located beside outdoor living areas, terrace and patio.Companion PlantsThis sweet little magnolia deserves equally elegant companions such as Cheerful Giant Azalea, (Azalea x 'Cheerful Giant'), Nuccio's Gem Camellia, (Camellia japonica 'Nucio's Gem'), Nellie Mosier Clematis, (Clematis x 'Nellie Mosier') and Queen of Pearls Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hymmadi').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Ann' is a hybrid of M. lilliflora 'Nigra' and M. stellata 'Rosea'. It was developed at the National Arboretum by Dr. Francis de Vos and William Kosar and introduced in 1965. Their ten year work effort at the Arboretum yielded a number of de Vos and Kosar hybrids known as the "Little Girl Magnolias".Lore:The Chinese magnolias were first introduced in France via Jesuit botanists, where much of the early breeding began.