Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Vigorous, pyramidal growth to 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Spring Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Late spring
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth habit:Pyramidal
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Vigorous, pyramidal growth to 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
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 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:
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.