• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water deeply, regularly; more frequently in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 25 to 40 ft. tall, 12 to 20 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Exquisite Spring Flowers
    Mid to Late Spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:mag-NOH-li-a a-ku-mi-NA-ta dee-noo-DAY-ta
    Plant type:Magnolia, Tree
    Sunset climate zones:3, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 25 to 40 ft. tall, 12 to 20 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid to Late Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Design IdeasThis lovely small tree is a yellow deciduous variety that extends its range well beyond that of evergreen Magnolia. Big beautiful flowers should be viewed up close, so use as an accent around porches, patios or other outdoor living spaces. A favorite of the cottage garden, it won't grow too large. Spot into your favorite perennial or flowering shrub border for some fragrant romance. Best to keep out of hot afternoon sun, but will make the perfect tree offering color and limited shade in a small city yard.
    Companion PlantsWisteria (Wisteria); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub (Pieris); Azalea (Azalea); Clethra (Clethra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide deep, enriched, acidic, moist, well-drained soil. Thrives in all but the coldest of climates, with protection from harsh winter winds. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water deeply, regularly; more frequently in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Elizabeth is a hybrid developed by Dr. Evamaria Sperber of The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, introduced in 1977 from a successful breeding program that spanned 1953 to 1991. It has several highly valued traits inherited from its parents: M. acuminata (a.k.a. cucumber tree magnolia, a North American native) has a later bloom season (Mid-to-late spring) which gives it a better resistance to damage from late frosts; M. denudata (a.k.a. yulan magnolia, a native to China) gives it what is referred to as a "precocious habit" - the showy display of spring flowers on otherwise bare stems followed by foliage; both the M. acuminata with its deep yellow flowers and the M. denudata with its creamy ivory flowers contribute to the elegant creamy yellow flowers of the Elizabeth. The cultivar name is attributed to Elizabeth Van Brunt, a known friend of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.