• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 30 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 12, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 30 ft. tall, 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleContemporary
    Design IdeasEvergreen magnolias are exceptional front yard tree for larger homesites due to their year around beauty. Plant at edges of the home to ground them in a strong green element. Use a pair to flank an entry to driveway or house. Makes a fine background for spring blooming and fall color deciduous trees.
    Companion PlantsCombine this evergreen beauty with deciduous companions such as Peppermint Lace Crape Myrtle, (Lagerstroemia indica 'Peppermint Lace'), Penny Mac Hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac'), Chinese Dogwood, (Cornus kousa chinensis) and Centurion Crabapple, (Malus x 'Centzan').
  • 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: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This species is the bull bay native found over a large part of the south from North Carolina to Florida and west to Texas. It was introduced into Europe in 1734 and named after Pierre Magnol, (1638-1715), a botanist of Montpellier, France. By 1863 a number of garden varieties had been developed . This contemporary is a selection was found in the New Jersey front yard of Edith Bogue where it thrived to maturity well outside the hardiness range of southern magnolias.
    In the deep south the southern magnolia is commonly known as "bull bay".