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Yellow Bird Magnolia

Magnolia acuminata 'Yellow Bird'

Bright canary yellow 3 1/2 inch flowers appear more dependably since they emerge with the foliage late in the spring after the danger of frosts. Plant as an accent or specimen. A Brooklyn Botanic Garden introduction. Deciduous.
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Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationmag-NOH-lee-uh ah-kew-min-AY-tuh
LoreMagnolia lilliflora is known in its homeland of China as the Mulan Magnolia where it is native to the Sichuan and Yunnan Provices.
Average Size at MaturityVigorous, pyramidal growth; reaches 40 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Spring
Design IdeasThis hybrid magnolia is a perfect, single front yard specimen. A natural for parkway and along a driveway. Favored in public parks and other civic spaces. Such an elegant tree is a natural in larger estate and suburban homesites where its full size and breadth is revealed without pruning. Exceptional when combined with other trees that offer summer flowers, autumn foliage and winter silhouettes for four season groves.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Wisteria (Wisteria); Azalea (Azalea); Lily-of-the-Valley Shrub (Pieris); Clethra (Clethra)

Provide deep, organically rich, well-drained, evenly moist soil; avoid soggy soils. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild dry spells. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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