When you start looking into magnolias with their glorious, signature fragrant flowers and dramatic foliage, you’ll want one for every nook in the yard. Some magnolias are grown primarily for their large showy flowers, usually in the form of a shrub or small tree. Others grow into large shade trees, and yet others are used as evergreen shrubs, trees or hedges. Each is very easy care, resistant to many diseases and pests, beloved by migrating birds, and depending on the variety, tolerant of harsh Southern summers and cold Northern winters.
How to decide which is right for you? First, work back from size of your site to decide the right mature size variety, and then figure out how you need the magnolia to perform ( as a large shrub, accent tree, shade tree, windbreak, evergreen, etc.). After that, it’s about selecting the one whose flowers steal your heart. Varieties shown will be available between now and next spring; check with your local garden center or shopmonrovia.com.
Shown: Galaxy Magnolia