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
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.
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
‘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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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
‘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
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
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'
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
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.
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.
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
‘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’.
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.
‘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
- 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.
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.
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
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
- 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.
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
- 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
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
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
(-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
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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