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Magnolia Trees

Magnolia trees are quintessentially more southern than any other tree. Beautiful, shiny leaved trees with big, bold, fragrant blooms comprise this hardy group of trees and shrubs.

Magnolia Trees

What are Magnolia Trees?

Magnolia trees can be evergreen or deciduous. This hardy group of beautiful, shiny leaved trees have big, bold, fragrant blooms. Magnolias are widely known for being deer resistant, low maintenance, and adaptable. They are also pest and disease resistant as well as salt and pollution tolerant. There are a variety of sizes and planting zone preferences within this plant family so you are sure to find one that is right for you!


Magnolia Trees

When to Plant Magnolia Trees

Spring and fall are the best times to plant these trees in most parts of the US. For areas with mild summers or mild winters these are good options for Magnolia planting as well.

How to Plant a Magnolia Tree

Dig a hole about twice the width of the root ball and not quite as deep as it is tall. Place your tree level in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the existing soil line and backfill with soil. Water deeply until the ground is fully saturated. Apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch to help retain soil moisture, protect the roots, and reduce weeds. Extend the mulch mound a couple inches beyond the tree’s canopy.

Magnolia Trees
Magnolia Trees

When to Prune Magnolia Trees

Pruning Magnolia trees isn’t necessary in most cases. If you need to prune off a dead or broken branch do this any time of year. Any other pruning should be reserved for right after your tree has stopped flowering to avoid removing flower buds that will produce the next round of blooms.

When do Magnolia Trees Bloom?

Magnolias bloom in spring or summer depending on the type. Deciduous Magnolias tend to be trees that welcome spring. They bloom in late winter or early spring depending on weather conditions and the variety. Evergreen Magnolias bloom in late spring and early summer.

Magnolia Trees

How to Care for Magnolia Trees

Magnolia tree care is minimal once your tree is established. These trees perform best in full sun and well-drained soil. Newly planted trees should be kept moist with deep waterings 2 to 3 times per week. Once established Magnolias are drought tolerant. Fertilize with a balanced slow release fertilizer in early spring. Magnolias do not require pruning.

Featured Magnolia Trees

Cold Hardy Magnolia Trees | Deciduous Magnolias

Growing Zones 4-8
Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet tall, 6 to 10 feet wide
This small Magnolia tree has dark green waxy leaves and gorgeous tulip-shaped flowers. The lovely fragrant blooms are pink to purple. Jane Magnolia trees bloom in spring and often bloom again throughout the summer.
Learn Jane Magnolia Tree Facts Here
Growing Zones 4-9
Mature Size: 10 to 15 feet tall and wide
With star-shaped blossoms that have a subtle sweet scent, this small tree is lovely as a focal tree in a small yard or garden. Plant this dwarf Magnolia tree in groups of 3 in larger yards for a beautiful landscape feature. The Royal Star Magnolia tree is the hardiest of the Star Magnolias.
Growing Zones 5-10
Mature Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and wide
The Sweetbay Magnolia tree has stunning white blooms that open in spring and summer, revealing a sweet lemon scent. Red seeds, fuzzy seed pods, and bright green leaves with a silver back add color and interest. The Sweetbay Magnolia is semi-evergreen and can tolerate wet soil.

Southern Magnolia Trees | Evergreen Magnolias

Growing Zones 6-9
Mature Size: 20 to 25 feet tall, 10 to 15 feet wide
The Little Gem Magnolia tree is a dwarf variety of the Southern Magnolia. This compact flowering evergreen Magnolia tree boasts large aromatic flowers from late spring through summer. This is the perfect focal tree for smaller yards.
Growing Zones 7-9
Mature Size: 40 to 60 feet tall, 30 to 40 feet wide
The Southern Magnolia tree is the huge, classic Magnolia you see throughout the Southern US. This magnificent tree has with huge fragrant blooms and shiny evergreen leaves. The Southern Magnolia is a breathtaking specimen tree for large yards.
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