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Alta™ Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora 'TMGH'

A columnar form that remains upright and tight year after year without pruning. Lustrous dark green leaves have rusty undersides. White, cup-shaped fragrant flowers. Valuable for smaller spaces in urban and suburban landscapes. Evergreen.
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Full sun

Once established, needs only occasional watering.


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Botanical Pronunciationmag-NOH-lee-uh gran-dih-FLOR-uh
LoreSouthern 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.
Average Size at MaturityVery slow growing to 20 ft. tall, 9 ft. wide in 10 years.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasSuch a tall narrow evergreen is perfect for gaps between multistory homes and buildings. Stands beautifully against tall walls with no windows to fill in space and reduce glare on institutional structures.. Makes a potential windrow along property lines or try as a pair to flank a vehicular entry. Makes interesting contrast in both form and texture against needled evergreens and trees with seasonal spring and fall color.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitColumnar
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Very Wet Areas, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Compact Form, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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