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An Informative Guide About Magnolia Sieboldii

There’s no denying that the magnolia sieboldii is a gorgeous and convenient way to enjoy the look of the classic magnolia beauty without having to sacrifice so much yard space to this plant. If you are not familiar with the magnolia tree species, then you should know that the oldest and most traditional species of magnolia, the Southern Magnolia or magnolia grandiflora, average at a height somewhere between 60 and 80 feet! Obviously this isn’t a realistic landscaping option for most of us homeowners with limited plots of land to dedicate to just one tree. This is where the magnolia sieboldii comes in! If you like the look of the magnolia tree in a more compact piece, then keep reading to determine if this might be the right plant for your yard!

About the Magnolia Sieboldii

This species of magnolia is a fraction of the size of the southern magnolia. It has an average height around 15 to 25 feet with a similar spread. Unlike the traditional magnolia which as an obvious trunk, the sieboldii species has more of a bushy, shrub-like feel to it which gives it a lot more versatility in the garden, especially if you want to formally landscape the area with other flowers and grasses. This species has dark green colored oval-shaped leaves that grow to an average size of about six inches long. The leaves have clean edges and a shiny or glossy texture on top. If you were to flip one of these leaves over, the underside would be velvety and grey in color. In the autumn season the magnolia sieboldii would provide your garden with a wonderful show of deep golden colored leaves before they fall from the tree in preparation for winter.

The bark of the tree is an ash grey color and is smooth in texture. This is the perfect background for the dark leaves and large creamy white blooms. Speaking of flowers, one of the most loved features of the magnolia tree are its simple but romantic blooms that pop up during spring and last through the late part of summer. The flower is made up of seven to nine petals that are white or cream colored. They form a bowl around the maroon-and-yellow center and are estimated to be about four inches in diameter. These flowers are quite large and thick and tend to face downward, although they can clearly be seen and admired from a distance. One of the best features about magnolia flowers, other than their simple beauty, is the fragrance that they throw out. The smell of the magnolia flower is often described plainly as being “sweet” and is a very romantic and comforting scent to enjoy during the spring and summer.

Environmental Setting

This specific type of magnolia is native to areas in the Eastern part of the world, particularly Japan, eastern China, and Korea. As you might guess, based on the plant’s native regions, the sieboldii species prefers slightly warmer climates with a touch of moisture or humidity to the air. In the United States it is recommended that this shrub be grown in USDA climate zones six through eight. The sieboldii is very flexible when it comes to sunlight requirements. In fact, it can be planted any place that receives full, direct sunlight, partial shade, or any conditions in between. As a general tip, however, it seems that this shrub will flower best if it is planted in a location that receives partial shade, such as near a larger tree that will filter the sunlight.

While this species is very lenient with the amount of sunlight it requires, it tends to be a little pickier when it comes to moisture and soil. This type of magnolia really does best in moist soil that is organically rich. If you don’t have this kind of soil in your own yard then you can always prepare the planting site in advance by digging the hole for the plant and mixing the soil with a compost mixture. The soil can be placed back into the hole and left to “settle” for a few weeks before you actually plant the tree there. Unfortunately, you would have to continue topping up the soil by using a fertilizer just before and during the growth season. Humidity may also be a factor to consider. If you live in an area that tends to be dry then you might have to make a regular practice of spraying the tree with a garden hose every week or so just to top up the moisture in the leaves and bark.

Planting Tips

When planting your magnolia sieboldii, try to find a spot that will serve as the tree’s forever home. Magnolias are notorious for failing to thrive after a transplant, largely due in part by their uncommon rope-like root systems. Make sure that this tree will have plenty of room to spread and that it won’t be planted near power lines or other items in the air that it might collide with once it reaches its mature height. Also, just before you plant the tree make sure that the hole you dig is at least twice the size of the roots. This will ensure that the roots can easily wind through the soil and expand as the tree grows.



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