• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly, when top 3" of soil is dry; less often, once established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growth to 16 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Compact Habit
    Summer and Fall
  • Detail
    Plant type:Magnolia, Tree
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growth to 16 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 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 PlantsCamellia (Camellia); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Viburnum (Viburnum); Hosta (Hosta)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Highly adaptable; tolerates periodic drought when established, as well occasionally very wet soils. 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
    Water regularly, when top 3" of soil is dry; less often, once established.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.


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