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Some Smaller Varieties of the Magnolia Bush And Their Characteristics

There are so many types of magnolia bush, even trees up to 80 feet tall, so we thought we should narrow our discussion here to smaller bush types, in various zones.  If you don’t see one here that works for your needs there are about 70 others, so no worries.

To begin, let’s look at some evergreens:

Magnolia delavayi - Has cream colored flowers with a dull finish, up to 8 inches across, which are quite fragrant although only lasting one day per bloom.  Overall, bloom time is all summer long.  Difficult to train as a single trunk tree, they are great as a giant shrub, set in a place on the lawn, or corner of the yard.  Known for leaves: Giant, leathery, with a tropical appearance.  Size: 20 to 30 feet tall by 20 feet wide.  Best in USDA zones 7 to 9 and 14 to 21.

M. grandiflora, little gem - Grandafloria is the type most associated with magnolias, the classic from the southern US with glossy large leaves and big white, yummy smelling blooms. Little gem is good in containers, growing slowly to 20 feet X 10 feet. It has small flowers for grandiflora, about 5 inches wide, which bloom all the way from spring to late summer.  Smallish leaves are dark green with a brownish underside.   Good in zones 4 to 12, 14 to 24 and H1-2.

M. grandiflora San Marino - Can be grown as a large magnolia bush, or as a tree.  If tree form is desired, shape the top into a small rounded head. Looks similar to classic magnolias. Grows slowly, to 25 feet by 20 feet.  Has dense foliage and a profusion of 4 inch flowers. Use in zones 4 to 12, 14 to 24 and H1-2.

And some deciduous magnolias:

M. Elizabeth - Has a soft creamy to yellow, fragrant flower, about 7 inches wide.  May bloom before leaves, or simultaneously.  Actually a mix between the acuminata and denudata, it can be trained as a single trunk tree growing to 40 feet X 20 feet.  For zones 3B to 9 and 14 to 24, hardy to below -25 degrees F.

M. liliiflora or lily magnolia - Also called M. quinquepeta.  Flower is purple and shaped like a lily, conical.  Petals are white inside.  May have 2 blooming periods in the Northwest (US), or it will bloom from early spring to late summer.  Makes a good border bush.  Leaves are 4 to 6 inches long. The more exotic flower types within this variety are dark reddish purple outside and the under petals are pink. This beauty gets up to 12 feet high by 15 feet wide and is ideal for zones 2b to 9 and 14 to 24.

As you can see, most magnolias smell fabulous and have wonderful large flowers, however the blooms do not arrive immediately.  Depending on whether you start from a graft or not, it may be 2 to 15 years before your magnolia bush produces flowers.  But it’s well worth the wait!


 

 


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