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
Moderate growth to 16-20 ft. tall, 10-12 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Compact Habit
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer and fall
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth habit:Compact
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growth to 16-20 ft. tall, 10-12 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer and fall
Flower color:White
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasThis dwarf Southern magnolia can be used as a large shrub or small tree depending on the way it is pruned. Plants adapt well against sunny building walls where foliage provides a striking contrast. Makes a lovely single specimen for smaller urban gardens as accent tree. Plant in a row to create an evergreen privacy screen along low fences and walls. Particularly lovely background for light value shrubs and perennials, or for outstanding sculpture and treillage. Adapts well to large pots for portable accents.
Companion PlantsThis beautiful plant works well with Marge Miller Camellia, (Camellia sasanqua 'Marge Miller'), Golden Flare Azalea, (Azalea x 'Golden Flare'), Lady in Red Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lady in Red') and Hellikki Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Hellikki'). It's also traditional with Prairie Blue Eyes Top of the Line Daylily, (Hemerocallis x 'Prairie Blue Eyes') and Ruffled Velvet Siberian Iris, (Iris siberica 'Ruffled Velvet').
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:
Magnolia is native to North America where it is commonly called bull bay. It's range extends across the south from North Carolina to Texas and south to Florida. It was introduced to Europe in 1734 and later classified by Linnaeus into the genus he named after Pierre Magnol, 1638-1715, a botanist of Montpelier, France. By 1863 a number of garden varieties including lanceolata and the Edgmouth magnolia had been developed but proved too frost tender for their colder winters.
Lore:
Southern magnolia is the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi. It grows in mixed stands of forest in areas of well drained but evenly moist soils and accessible water table. It is also considered the largest native flower in North America. It's equally generous seed pods feed a wide variety of wildlife.