Yellow Bird Magnolia
Yellow Bird Magnolia
Magnolia acuminata 'Yellow Bird'Item #6019 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Bright canary yellow 3 1/2 inch flowers appear more dependably since they emerge with the foliage late in the spring after the danger of frosts. Plant as an accent or specimen. A Brooklyn Botanic Garden introduction. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Vigorous, pyramidal growth to 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.Key Feature:Spring FloweringBlooms:Late spring
- DetailPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:PyramidalGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Vigorous, pyramidal growth to 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.Special features:WaterwiseFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late springFlower color:YellowDesign IdeasThis 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.Companion PlantsExceptional 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')
- 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:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore:Magnolia lilliflora is known in its homeland of China as the Mulan Magnolia where it is native to the Sichuan and Yunnan Provices.