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Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia

A stately and handsome evergreen tree most often identified with the south. There are varieties such as DD Blanchard, Edith Bogue, Teddy Bear and Little Gem (see below) that will do very well in the Washington D. C. area provided certain cultural conditions are met. With its large flowers, and broad evergreen leaves, the Southern Magnolia (aka Evergreen or Bull Bay Magnolia) makes a spectacular specimen tree.

Size: See Varieties below

Shape: Densely pyramidal, low branching

Flowers: Creamy white, fragrant, up to 8 to 12 inches in diameter in late spring to early summer.

Fall Color: Unchanged

Rate of Growth: Slow to medium

Other Attributes: Thick leathery leaves that remain during the winter. Rose-red berries (seeds) on a cone-like structure in the fall. The leaves of some varieties have rich brown fuzz on the undersides.

Growing Conditions: Plant in full sun to partial shade in organic, acid, moist, well-drained soil. Give it protection from winter (NW) winds.

Other / Related Varieties:


Little Gem Magnolia

DD Blanchard Magnolia is a pyramidal selection with lustrous leaves that have a spectacular orange-brown underside. Grows to 50 to 60 feet high and 25 to 35 feet wide.

Edith Bogue Magnolia has lustrous green and narrow leaves with light fuzz on the underside. Tends to have an open, pyramidal framework. Grows to 30 to 40 feet high and 15 to 20 feet wide.

Teddy Bear Magnolia is dense, compact and pyramidal in form with large rounded wavy leaves. 20' high by 10' wide.

Little Gem Magnolia a Southern Magnolia on the smaller side growing to about 20 feet high and 10 feet wide in 20 years. The leaves and flowers are smaller (4" and 6" respectively) and have a bronzy-brown fuzz on the underside. Good for use in smaller yards.

Prices vary according to size, variety, and availability.


Please Note: Trees cannot be shipped outside of the DC/Baltimore Metropolitan areas. Tree prices and sizes are subject to change.

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