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MAGNOLIA HYBRIDS, SPECIES & CULTIVARS

Magnolias come in a variety of colors, leaf shapes and plant forms with large showy flowers. Generally hardy in colder climates, though early flowers can be subject to frost damage. Magnolias do poorly in hot, dry, windy areas and dislike being transplanted. They prefer moist, well drained, neutral or slightly acidic soil and plenty of organic matter. Larger magnolias make excellent specimen trees and wonderful lawn trees. Mulch around the base of your plant to keep soil from heating up and drying out too quickly. Generally they do not need pruning and will tolerate sun or partial shade.

Our northern garden friends ask what are the late flowering Magnolias. The M.stellatas and the M. x loebneris are early but are not very frost sensitive. (Heat seems to bother them more.) Of course the M. grandifloras are late flowering. We now have noted a few of the very late flowering varieties. They are noted by LATE right after the name.

HYBRIDS
80005 Magnolia ‘Ann’ — (-40oF, USDA Zones 3-8) A Kosar hybrid of M. stellata ‘Rosea’ x M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’, this vigorous and hardy deciduous magnolia will be a small tree of 15-25’ with multi-stemmed, round or pyramidal habit. The flowers are pink-purple and erect when in full bloom. It blooms the earliest of the "Little Girls" with a spicy fragrance of cinnamon. ‘Ann’ will turn heads when in bloom, as she is very pretty! 3-4’ $39.95, 4-5' $49.95, 5-6' $89.95

80007 Magnolia ‘Apollo’ — (0°F, USDA Zones 7-9) Here is an exciting deciduous hybrid created by Felix M. Jury of New Zealand. It boasts large, deep rose-pink buds which open with a lighter shading on the upper side of the petals. This small tree will grow to a height of 18-20' with a spreading habit. Flowers are produced at an early age and have a pronounced, fruity fragrance. 2-3’ $25.95

80108 Magnolia ‘Blushing Belle’ — (-24oF, USDA Zones 5-9) She may be blushing but this floriferous showy tree is not shy! With parents like ‘Yellow Bird’ x ‘Caerhay’s Belle,’ she has nothing to be shy about. Soft and lovely, large bicolor pink flowers precede the lush spring foliage. 2-3' $49.95, 3-4’ $59.95

80013 Magnolia ‘Butterflies’ — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-9) Savage hybrid of M. acuminata x M. denudata ‘Sawada’s Cream’. Long awaited, and worth the wait! This deciduous, upright tree, featuring 3-4" deep yellow flowers with 10-16 tepals and red stamens. Blooms young and flowers mid-spring. Reaching a 10-year height of 15’ with less spread; ‘Butterflies’ forms a 25-30’ tree at maturity. It is reported to be hardy below -20oF. US Patent #7456. 3-4' $44.95, 4-5' $69.95

80014 Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) M. sargentiana var. robusta x M. sprengeri ‘Diva’. Within 5 years, beautiful 12" pale pink to salmon colored blooms with wavy margins emerge February to March. A fast grower, it reaches about 30’ in 10 years. Conical form. If you enjoy deciduous magnolias, ‘Caerhays Belle’ will delight you. SOLD OUT

80158 Magnolia ‘David Clulow’ — Of unknown parentage but probably M. x soulangiana ‘Lennei Alba’ x M. x veitchii ‘Rubra’. Has very large white cup and saucer shaped flowers with a hint of pink at the base of the tepals. 2-3’ $49.95 

80163 Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ — Very fragrant, rose-pink flowers 10" in diameter! Dr. Kehr has made another winner hybrid. Voted the 2nd best Magnolia by those in the know. Very upright and vigorous in habit.  3-4’ $69.95, 4-5' $79.95

80027 Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) Primrose-yellow, scented, cup shaped flowers up to 6" on this deciduous tree. A slow grower, this tree will eventually reach 30’. 5-6’ $99.95

80028 Magnolia ‘Emma Cook’ — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-9) From the lineage of M. denudata and M. stellata ‘Waterlily’, this Gaylon hybrid resembles M. denudata in growth habit and height, to 30’. 6" flowers are delicate lavender-pink aging to white. 8-9’ $149.95 (this will require extra shipping charges)

80031 Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) The best of the best, ‘Galaxy’ is a Kosar hybrid of M. sprengeri ‘Diva’ and M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’. Flowers are fully 9" across and are borne in profusion of red-purple. Deciduous and quickly grows to 20’ in 15 years with an 8’ spread, achieving a columnar shape. Unique! 4-5' $59.95, 5-6' $89.95

80033 Magnolia ‘Gold Star’ — (-30oF, USDA Zones 4-9) A cross of M. acuminata var. subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’ x M. stellata. Light, creamy yellow flowers with 14 narrow tepals like it’s star flowered parent open in late March or early April before the foliage. Young leaves start out a beautiful bronze-red and turn green as they mature. An ideal touch of sunshine for the smaller garden. 3-4' $49.95

80047 Magnolia ‘Jane’ — (-25°F, USDA Zones 4-9) Koser and de Vos hybridized this fine deciduous tree, another of the “Little Girl Hybrids”. The cross produced a tree with very fragrant, red outside and white inside flowers. They appear in early May on bare branches. It blooms over a long period, and is tolerant of late spring frost. Growth habit is vigorous to 15', multi-stemmed and upright. SOLD OUT

80145 Magnolia ‘Jon Jon’ — A late flowering Gresham hybrid which flowers profusely and later than other magnolias. Tepals deep reddish-purple at base on a white ground. Grows rapidly to 25 to 30’. 1-2' $19.95, 3-4' $39.95, 4-5' $59.95, 5-6' $119.95, 6-7' $129.95

80081 Magnolia ‘Sayonara’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) M. x soulangiana ‘Lennei Alba’ x M. veitchii ‘Rubra.’ Late in spring, this Gresham hybrid features fragrant goblet-shaped, 7-12" blooms that are pure white with a delicate pink blush at the base of the tepals. One of the nicest deciduous magnolias, it grows to 30’ in height with a slightly wider spread. A recipient of an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1990. 3-4' $49.95

80083 Magnolia ‘Serene’ — (-10°F, USDA Zones 6-8) M. liliiflora x M. ‘Mark Jury’. A young bloomer with an extended bloom time, ‘Serene’ hosts cup shaped flowers that are held erect, displaying bright rose outer petals and soft pink inner petals. Deciduous and upright, it reaches 15-20' in height. While it grows best in partial sun, it can tolerate full sun in temperate regions. 2-3' $39.95
 

80156 Magnolia ‘Solar Flair’ — This is a hybrid of M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x M. ‘Gold Star’. With these two exceptional parents, this late-blooming, yellow magnolia has to be great! Grows to 30’ with deep yellow flowers. Very hard to find and very lovely. SOLD OUT

80169 Magnolia ‘Stellar Acclaim’ — With narrow tepals this light yellow hybrid has a similar, though larger, look of the stellatas. These fragrant flowers are 6-8’’, pale yellow with a drop of rose in the center. Will get to 20’. 4-5’ $59.95

80157 Magnolia ‘Sunburst’M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x M. ‘Gold Star’. This very floriferous tree is regarded as excellent! The deep canary-yellow flowers have narrow tepals that open just as the foliage starts to open, making the tree look like it’s covered in glowing yellow candles. Heavy textured foliage begins a rich bronze-purple. Fast, upright grower to 30’. A lovely burst of sun for your yard! 3-4' $49.95, 4-5' $59.95

80166 Magnolia ‘Sunsation’ — (-20°F, USDA Zones 5-9) One of August Kehr’s hybrids; its parentage is ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Elizabeth.’ What makes this yellow particularly special for us is a moderate purple at the base of the soft canary yellow tepals. In bud the effect is stripey. When open the contrast of the colors catches one’s eye and holds the attention of the onlooker. A gorgeous medium sized Magnolia. 2-3' $49.95

80702 Magnolia ‘Sunspire’ — (‘WOODSMAN’ X ‘ELIZABETH’) Voted the best yellow magnolia by the Magnolia society members. With these parents it should be a strong grower. SOLD OUT

80097 Magnolia ‘Susan’ — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-9) This Kosar/deVos hybrid of M. kobus var. stellata ‘Rosea’ x M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’ features erect, slender flower buds that bloom in April, revealing 4-6" flowers that display red-purple hues on both sides of the tepals. Leaves measure about 5" and are ovate. Deciduous and shrubby, it grows to 10-15’ or more. Like ‘Ricki’, it is mildew resistant. SOLD OUT

80161 Magnolia ‘Tranquility’ — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-8) An August Kehr cross with M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x M. ‘Goldstar’. The flowers are pale, golden yellow with a rosy blush at the base. Petals are wide, and flowers open flat to about 8". Large, 6" foliage is wavy and cupped upward. This is a moderate grower with a rounded habit and will mature at about 15-20’. 3-4’ $79.95

80104 Magnolia ‘Vulcan’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) Jury hybrid of M. cambellii var. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ x M. liliiflora. A truly magnificent Magnolia with 10", cup-shaped flowers of the deepest rose-red. They are of heavy texture, and the red color is on both surfaces of the tepals, very rich! Flowers with a rosebud shape open in spring, showing a large number of tepals with softly waved margins. Though it blooms at an early age, flowers on young plants show lighter coloration. The tree is deciduous, erect in habit, open branched, and narrowly rounded, growing to a height of about 20’. Stunning, young or old! 4-5’ $59.95, 5-6' $69.95

80105 Magnolia ‘Wada’s Memory’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-8) In March and April this young, precocious bloomer yields, drooping, 7" white blooms that are deliciously fragrant. Blooms at age 10. New leaves emerge red, becoming green as they mature. A vigorous grower, it grows narrowly upright to 20-25’, achieving a pyramidal shape. Prefers sun with partial shade. Named for the esteemed nurseryman K. Wada of Japan. 7-8' $79.95 , 8-9' $99.95

80124 Magnolia ‘Yellow Bird’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) Conical, late spreading, deciduous tree with ovate, mid green leaves to 10" long. Deeply cup shapped, pure yellow flowers to 5" across bloom in late spring and early summer. To 30’ tall, 20’ across. 2-3' $46.95

80154 Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’— A vigorous, M. acuminata x M. denudata hybrid with an upright habit. Precocious flowers bloom late enough in the season to escape most frost damage. Flower buds are yellow, opening to a lovely soft yellow that fades to cream as they age. Fragrant flowers are 6-8" across. 8-9’ $159.95

80125 Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-8) With parent plants selected for their late bloom time and precocious flowering, ‘Yellow Lantern’ follows suit, producing a mass of large, cup shaped blooms glowing pure lemon-yellow. Tree habit is upright with a single trunk. Excellent for those who love yellow. SOLD OUT

80162 Magnolia ‘Yellow River’ — The beautiful citron yellow flowers of this grand new introduction burst into bloom in April and May. These funnel-shaped flowers open dramatically, showcased by the early, clear green foliage. It loves sun and rich soil and probably will remain quite small in stature--it’s too new for us to know the eventual height. One French web site states that when it is grown as a specimen, an incredible display is guaranteed. 2-3’ $59.95

SPECIES
Magnolia acuminata - Cucumber Tree — (-30oF, USDA Zones 4-8) Well-suited for use as a shade tree or in the lawn, this deciduous tree has attractive 5-9" glossy leaves. After leaves emerge, small greenish-yellow flowers appear, usually in late spring and early summer, followed in the fall by reddish seed capsules. With a vigorous growth rate of 18-30" per year, ultimate height is 60-80’, with a spread of 25’. It blooms at 12 years. Native to E. North America.

80003 Magnolia acuminata var. subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’ — (-30oF, USDA Zones 4-9) Small, lustrous, dark green leaves grace this large, deciduous shrub or small bushy tree of 20-30’ in height. A young bloomer, it offers large, pale yellow flowers early in the season that are tulip shaped and lightly fragrant. SOLD OUT

80159 Magnolia acuminata ‘Sunray’ — Larger leaves and flowers, thicker stems and possibly deeper yellow than those of ‘Sundance.’ 5-6' $99.95, 8-9' $149.95

80025 Magnolia denudata - Lily Tree — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) syn. M. heptapeta. Beautifully tulip-shaped, creamy white 6" flowers cover this magnificent deciduous tree in March-April. Slowly growing to 35’ with somewhat less spread, it has a pleasingly irregular shape. Blooms at 6-7 years. Native to China. 4-5' $79.95

80714 Magnolia grandiflora - Evergreen Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora is known as the Southern Magnolia, a dominating landscape element throughout the southern states, often thought of as the symbol of American South. Heat resistant and tolerant of damp soil but requires protection from cold winter winds, ice, and snow. The slow growing tree does require maintenance, a lot of water, and the roots can lift walks, but the tree provides dense, year round shade. Leaves are leathery in texture, dark glossy green above, thick, red-brown felt underneath. Large, creamy white flowers with lemon scent can grow to 14" across and are borne from May-June. You will find that the leaves regenerate and fall May-September. Fruit is borne September through November. Grows to 60’ height. 6-7’ $129.95

80142 Magnolia grandiflora ‘DD Blanchard’ — A compact, pyramidal form with lustrous green leaves that are orange-brown on the undersides. It tends to loosen its form as it matures and will grow to 50’ and greater. 3-4' $49.95, 4-5’ $69.95

80164 Magnolia grandiflora ‘Main Street’ — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) An upright pyramidal to fastigiate habit. Highly prized as an ideal street tree for its habit of growth. Glossy green foliage is complemented by highly fragrant creamy white flowers. Exceptional in all ways. 8-9' $149.95 (this will require extra shipping charges)

80049 Magnolia kobus — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-9) Reaching 30’ in height with a spread of about 20’, this deciduous tree offers early, 4" flowers that are white, occasionally flushed with pink. Blooms at 15 years. Its hardiness and sturdiness render it excellent for planting as a specimen or an informal shrub. Native to Japan. 5-6’ $59.95, 6-7' $129.95

80143 Magnolia kobus ‘Edward A Kehr’ — Somewhat of a novelty really, being very similar to M. kobus, but possibly a bit more prolific. Considered an octoploid form of M. kobus. 4-5' $99.95

Magnolia liliiflora - Lily Magnolia — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) syn. M. quiquepeta. Broad-spreading in habit, this deciduous shrub will slowly grow to 8-12’ in both height and width. It has an open branch structure, and flowers are borne in early May on bare wood. Six petals, white to red-purple on the exterior and white interior, form a blossom 3-4" wide. Blooms at 4-5 years. Place in a sunny but sheltered location in slightly acid, moisture retentive soil. Some pruning may be required for shaping. Native to China.

80705 Magnolia liliiflora ‘Paul Cook’ — This cultivar flowers at an early age, bearing flowers about 10" across, of rich lavender-pink on the outside and white inside. SOLD OUT

Magnolia x loebneri — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-9) M. kobus x M. stellata. Small, deciduous tree or large shrub reaching 30’ high at maturity. 6" star-shaped, fragrant flowers appear before the leaves in midspring. Remarkably tolerant of a range of soil types and grows best in full sun. Hardy and wind resistant.

80111 Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ M. kobus x M. kobus var. stellata ‘Rosea’. In March-May, fuchsia-purple buds open to pink blooms that are quite frost resistant. Grows to approximately 25’. It received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticulture Society in 1969. 4-5’ $99.95

80112 Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ — This deciduous cultivar, developed at the Arnold Arboretum, is a superb garden tree reaching 25' in about 30 years. A young bloomer, it covers itself in late April with large fragrant flowers reminiscent of the Star Magnolia, but with much broader petals, giving more substance to each flower. 6-7' $89.95

80703 Magnolia x loebneri ‘White Stardust’ — Strong growing selection with a more tree-like form than some within this group, that has white flowers with 14-15 wide, upward standing tepals. The pristine white blooms have great form. Excellent dark green foliage. 3-4' $39.95, 4-5' $49.95

Magnolia macrophylla - Big Leaf Magnolia — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) Sometimes called an Umbrella Tree. Native to the south-central U.S., this tropical looking, deciduous Magnolia hosts the largest leaves and flowers of the genus, measuring up to 3’ x 1˝’, respectively. Leaves show silvery undersides, and fragrant, cup shaped, white and purple flowers appear May-June. May take up to 15 years to flower, but well worth the wait! Reaching 30-50’ at maturity, this awesome tree does best in rich, moist locations protected from wind and direct sun.

80059 Magnolia macrophylla ssp. ashei — This Magnolia is native to bluffs on the Florida panhandle and rare in cultivation. The tree is smaller in form and shape than the species and not as pubescent on the undersides of the leaves. Flowers are produced early in the life of the tree, usually after they are only a few years old. The blooms are white with maroon spotting at the base of the petals and appear May-June. 1-2’ $27.95

80084 Magnolia sieboldii - Oyama Magnolia — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) syn. M. parviflora. Prized for its flowers and fruit, this small deciduous tree or shrub grows to 10-20’ with equal spread. Nodding, fragrant flowers appear May-June, often blooming over a 6 week period. Their white interiors feature a red to maroon "eye" of stamens, lending the flowers further contrast with the leaves. Blooms at an early age and is more wind tolerant than most varieties. Native to SE Asia. 2-3’ $29.95

80116 Magnolia x soulangeana - Saucer Magnolia — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-9) M. denudata x M. liliiflora. One of the most commonly cultivated Magnolias, this deciduous tree tolerates many difficult soil conditions, including clay. Flowering at an early age of 3-5 years, its tulip-shaped blooms appear April-May, showing shades of white suffused with pink, rose, and purple. 3-4' $39.95, 4-5' $49.95

80117 Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Alexandrina’ — Flowers cover this deciduous tree in masses of sheer beauty in spring. Rosy-purple on the outside and white inside, they measure up to 10". Dependable and delightful. SOLD OUT

Magnolia sprengeri (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9)

     80086 Magnolia sprengeri Diva’ - A pyramidal shaped Magnolia with superb, dark, rose-pink fragrant flowers up to 8" across. These exciting flowers open in March before the dark green leaves. Grows to 40' height. 2-3' $39.95

80087 Magnolia sprengeri ‘Eric Savill’ — One of the seedlings produced from M. s. var Diva, it has a deep red-purple flower. Introduced in England in 1982. 4-5’ $59.95, 5-6’ $79.95, 7-8' $139.95

Magnolia stellata - Star Magnolia — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-9) Named the Star Magnolia for the shape of its 15 petaled flowers. A small, shrubby deciduous tree growing to 15’ with dense habit, M. stellata adapts well to formal or home garden settings. It is equally adaptable to a wide array of conditions. It tolerates wind, and while it prefers full sun, it tolerates shade. Blooms at a young age, often as early as 3 years and blooms earlier in the season than most magnolias, usually March-April, featuring narrow white tepals that radiate from the center, as Dorothy Callaway says, "like the rays of a star," in The World of Magnolias, 1994.

80664 Magnolia ‘Chrysanthemumiflora’ — This Japanese variety has pink ball-shaped flowers that have up to 40 petals and looks like a Chrysanthemum. 3-4' $55.95

80093 Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’ — This vigorous, fast-growing M. stellata flowers a few weeks after the rest of the "stars". Pink buds open to 6" white flowers laced with fragrance. Foliage is deeper green on this densely branched plant, which reaches 8-10’ with similar spread at maturity. 3-4’ $49.95

80095 Magnolia stellata ‘Waterlily’ — When the blooms of many other magnolias start to fade, ‘Waterlily’s’ pale pink buds open, revealing fragrant, white semidouble flowers with more than 32 petals! Habit is narrow and upright. One of our best sellers! 1-2' $19.95, 5-6’ $99.95

80101 Magnolia virginiana - Swamp Magnolia — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) syn. M. glauca. Also known as Sweet Bay. An exquisite deciduous to semievergreen, shrubby tree of 20-30’. Native to the eastern U.S. where it grows in moist, acidic areas. Beautifully long tapered foliage is glossy, olive-green above, with a glaucous, white color underneath. From June-September, delightfully fragrant, creamy white flowers of waxy substance adorn the branches. 3-4’ $34.95

80146 Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’ — (-20oF, USDA Zones 5-8) This is a semievergreen that matures at 35-40’ tall with a 15-18’ spread. It has distinct upright growth habit. 3-4' $39.95

80673 Magnolia virginiana ‘Northern Belle’ — Is considered to be the hardiest of the M. virginiana varieties. The most evergreen of them as well, not losing it’s foliage until -35°. In case you need more convincing this variety is also the most tree like of the virginianas, as well as having larger, sweet smelling flowers for two months during the early summer. Grows 25’ x 15’. She’ll be the "Belle" of your garden. 4-5’ $49.95

80107 Magnolia wilsonii — (-10oF, USDA Zones 6-9) Dark brown, almost black, branches add interest to the winter landscape on this multi-stemmed, broad spreading deciduous tree to 20’. Dark green leaves grow to 7" long and 4" wide, with lighter green turning to silver undersides. Fragrant flowers appear May-June, nodding and white with crimson stamens and a ring of pink in the center. Prefers at least partial shade and moist soil. SOLD OUT


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