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Little Gem Magnolia Tree

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Tree Information

The Little Gem Magnolia is a dwarf version of the Southern Magnolia. This compact tree boasts fabulous fragrant flowers from spring through summer. Growing to about 25 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide this evergreen magnolia tree is a perfect option for those who love the traditional southern magnolia but don’t have the space. The Little Gem Magnolia is even pest, disease, and deer resistant as well as salt and pollution tolerant. Combining an evergreen tree, a flowering tree, and a shade tree all in one, this hardy tree will pack quite a punch in your landscape. Buy trees online and enjoy having the no hassle experience of having your Little Gem Magnolia tree delivered to your home.


The Little Gem has large, pure white flowers quite similar to her mom, the Southern Magnolia. Because of her low canopy and naturally mounded shape this magnolia can be grown as a tree or a large shrub. With a shiny green top and cozy brown bottom, the leaves of this magnolia offer distinctive beauty and year-round appeal.

Little Gem Magnolia Tree in the Landscape

This small tree is a pretty addition to your landscape plan. This tree stands out as a specimen or focal tree in a small yard or large garden or bed. Plant the Little Gem Magnolia in groups of 3 or 5 for a striking look your friends and neighbors will admire! If you are looking for a unique evergreen windbreak or privacy screen with added beauty, look no further than the Little Gem. Because of its habit, low branching canopy, and dense evergreen foliage this tree makes an excellent privacy screen.


Little Gem Magnolia Tree Care

Growing Zones

Plant Little Gem Magnolia trees in zones 6b to 9 for best results

Planting Time

Spring and fall are the best times for planting magnolias. However if you live in an area with mild summers or winters you can plant at these times as well.


Full sun is the best choice for the Little Gem Magnolia tree, but it can tolerate some shade.


Little Gem Magnolia trees are very adaptable. They can tolerate clay, sand, and loam soil as long as it drains well. This tree does prefer a moist soil especially when newly planted.


When your tree is newly planted, water deeply 3 times per week. Water 1 to 2 times per week for the next couple months. After establishment your Magnolia will be drought tolerant and only need watering once weekly in summer.


Mulching is a good option especially with a newly planted Magnolia. 2 inches of mulch will keep your soil moist and the roots protected. It also keeps weeds and grasses that steal moisture and nutrients at bay.  


Fertilize with a balanced slow release fertilizer in spring for best results.


If pruning is necessary, trim right after flowering has stopped to best avoid trimming off next year's flowers.

The Little Gem Magnolia tree is an excellent choice for the southern landscape and beyond. This versatile, flowering evergreen provides exciting year-round curb appeal. The gorgeous blooms will delight your senses with their sweet aroma and clean beauty.

Be sure to browse our online plant nursery for additional options.


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