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A Quick Guide to the Magnolia Yellow Bird

Magnolia Yellow Bird is a magnolia which has been recently introduced that produces bell-shaped gorgeous yellow flowers. The plant is a late blooming magnolia which makes it hardier than some other plants of the species and so it maybe better equipped to handle a late spring frost. Magnolias are typically associated with the southern parts of the United States and the temperate climatic conditions of that region but the cultivars available today allow gardeners to experience a bit of the South in their own gardens every spring. The Magnolia Yellow Bird is one such introduction. This plant produces blooms from late February until early April.

The Magnolia Yellow Bird is a tree that prefers well-drained but moist soil. Soil with a pH level of 5.0 to 6.5 is considered the best fit for these trees and so if your soil is acidic it is a good thing for the Magnolia Yellow Bird. If you live in an area where the soil is more alkaline, you can amend your soil with compost, peat and leaf mold and you can also add soil sulfur to increase the acidity of the soil.

Magnolias in general need plenty of sun and that holds true for this species also – find a location with adequate sun exposure for without it the plant may not produce those glorious blooms.  The Magnolia Yellow Bird will not be able to tolerate aridity and so it is important to keep the plant well-watered. If this is not balanced by good drainage the roots can rot though. In choosing a location for this plant, you should also keep in mind that magnolias do not handle heavy winds very well. So find a sheltered spot rather than an exposed or windy location for the plant.

The Magnolia Yellow Bird is a deciduous plant and so it will drop its leaves in fall. Remember this if you are planting your magnolia near a swimming pool or koi pond because there will be the clean-up to consider. The fact that this plant sheds its leaves in fall also means that it does not have year round foliage. This may be a factor to consider when planning or designing your landscape.

You will need to fertilize the soil to get the most out of your Magnolia Yellow Bird. Experts recommend a combination of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium in 3:2:3 proportions as the best mix for this plant.

A Magnolia Yellow Bird which manages to establish itself and finds favorable growing conditions can last anywhere from 5 to 20 years.  The plant as it matures will become woodier and is expected to grow to an average height of about 18 feet.

Magnolia Yellow Bird will be an interesting addition to your garden in its peak blooming period but you should remember that because of its late blooming season the tree will also have all its leaves out by then. Some gardeners find that the flowers are lost amid the leaves and that there is not always enough of a crop of flowers for the tree to stand out ornamentally.

The Magnolia Yellow Bird is a fairly easy tree to take care off. Since it is not known to attract hummingbirds or butterflies, it does not lead to too much clutter or messiness in the garden.  

Magnolia experts believe that plants bought at the local store have the greatest chances of survival. But there is no doubt that the Internet offers way more variety sometimes. So, if you do choose to go with a mail-order Magnolia Yellow Bird, just treat it with extra care in the initial phase. You may want to plant it in a particularly safe site and make sure the plant gets used to the new climatic conditions before moving it to a more permanent location.



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