Bright canary yellow 3 1/2 inch flowers appear more dependably since they appear with the foliage late in the spring after the danger of frosts. Plant as an accent or specimen. A Brooklyn Botanic Garden introduction. Deciduous.
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.
This hybrid magnolia is a perfect, single front yard specimen. A natural for parkway and along a driveway. Favored in public parks and other civic spaces. Such an elegant tree is a natural in larger estate and suburban homesites where its full size and breadth is revealed without pruning. Exceptional when combined with other trees that offer summer flowers, autumn foliage and winter silhouettes for four season groves.
Exceptional paired with Blue Moon Kentucky Wisteria, (Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon'), Black Lace Elderberry, (Sambucus nigra 'Eva'), Tiger Eyes Staghorn Sumac, (Rhus typhia 'Balitiger') and Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris, (Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock'). It's stunning with Golden Spirit Smoketree, (Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot') and Autumn Brilliance Apple Serviceberry, (Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance')
This tree is counted among the many Brooklynensis Hybrids. They descend from a cross between American native, Maganolia acuminataand Chinese Magnolia lilliflora, and then recrossed with M. Lilliflora var subcordata. Yellow Bird is more specifically a result of an early Brooklynensis, Maganolia 'Evamaria' crossed with M. l. subcordata. It was introduced in 1967 as the best of the yellow flowered hybrids.
Magnolia lilliflora is known in its homeland of China as the Mulan Magnolia where it is native to the Sichuan and Yunnan Provices.