• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous, pyramidal growth; reaches 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Spring Flowers
    Blooms:
    Late Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mag-NOH-li-a ah-kew-min-AY-tuh
    Plant type:Magnolia, Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous, pyramidal growth; reaches 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Fast Growing, 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 PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Wisteria (Wisteria); Azalea (Azalea); Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub (Pieris); Clethra (Clethra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide deep, organically rich, well-drained, evenly moist soil; avoid soggy soils. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild dry spells. 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, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.