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Magnolia Tree Types | A Southern Staple and More

Magnolia Tree Types | A Southern Staple and More

The Magnolia tree is much more that a southern staple. There are several magnolias that can grow almost anywhere in the US! These stunning trees offer big, beautiful blooms with fantastic fragrance in a variety of shapes and sizes. Magnolias are perfect focal specimens for small and large yards. Buy trees online.

Magnolia Tree Types


Deciduous
Growing Zones: 4 to 8
Mature Height: 10 - 15 feet
Mature Width: 6 - 10 feet

The compact Jane Magnolia has dark green, waxy leaves are that offer excellent texture and beauty. But the star of the show are gorgeous tulip-shaped flowers.These large, fragrant blooms are pink to purple with a hint of red on the outside and white on the inside. Jane Magnolias bloom in spring and often re-bloom throughout summer.


Evergreen
Growing Zones: 6 to 9
Mature Height: 20 - 25 feet
Mature Width: 10 - 15 feet

The Little Gem is a dwarf version of the Southern Magnolia. This compact tree boasts large, aromatic flowers from spring through summer. This magnolia is a perfect option for those who love the traditional southern magnolia but don’t have the space. The Little Gem Magnolia is pest, disease, and deer resistant as well as salt and pollution tolerant.


Deciduous
Growing Zones: 4 to 9
Mature Height: 10 - 15 feet
Mature Width: 10 - 15 feet

The Royal Star Magnolia touts unique, lacy star-shaped blossoms that have a subtly sweet scent. This small tree only reaches 15 feet at maturity and can grow almost anywhere in the United States. The Royal Star magnolia is disease and insect resistant and the hardiest of the star magnolias.

southern-magnoliaSouthern Magnolia

Evergreen
Growing Zones: 7 to 9
Mature Height: 40 - 60 feet
Mature Width: 30 - 40 feet

The Southern Magnolia is the standard of the group and the largest tree by far. A native evergreen tree with huge, fragrant blooms, you can’t miss the sight or the aroma of a majestic Southern Magnolia. This striking beauty offers huge impact in you landscape.


sweetbay-magnoliaSweetbay Magnolia

Semi-Evergreen
Growing Zones: 5 to 10
Mature Height: 15 - 20 feet
Mature Width: 15 - 20 feet

The Sweetbay Magnolia is a magnificent tree that demands admiration. Gorgeous, white, blooms open in spring and summer revealing a lovely, sweet, lemon scent. This magnolia has bright green leaves with silvery backs. Red seeds and fuzzy seed pods add color, depth, and interest. This native tree is pest, disease, and deer resistant as well as salt and pollution tolerant. The Sweetbay Magnolia can grow in wet soil.

Magnolia Tree Care

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

Magnolia trees prefer full sun, but can grow well in part sun locations.

Magnolias are very adaptable; they can tolerate soil from clay to sand to loam, but be sure it is moist and drains well.

When your tree is newly planted, water deeply 3 times per week. Water 1-2 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, prune right after flowering has stopped to best avoid trimming off next year's flowers.

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