• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous, pyramidal growth to 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Late spring
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous, pyramidal growth to 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
    Special features:Waterwise
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage
    Design 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')
  • 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.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    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.