Crape Myrtles might be the showiest of the South’s spring blooming trees, but the Magnolia tree corners the market on elegance. A symbol of strength and vitality, the Magnolia tree is a longstanding Southern tradition. A favorite in interior decorating as well as in the garden, thousands of Magnolia trees dot the Southern landscape, inspiring awe as their blooms unfold each spring and summer.
The Magnolia Tree
Known for its broad, glossy leaves, soft white blooms, and heavy fragrance, the Magnolia tree has been a favorite of Southern gardeners for decades. Though our native Magnolia grandiflora tree is more famous than its cousins, Magnolia trees can produce a variety of blooms and petal shapes, rendering this plant as versatile as it is lovely. Magnolias have lush flowers, hearty leaves, and sturdy carpels, making these ornamentals remarkably tough trees. Though the Magnolia tree was named for the French botanist Pierre Magnol, the nicknames for many of its species invoke images of strong, beautiful ladies of the South. Indeed, the 1989 film Steel Magnolias featured a group of charming Southern women who were as durable as they were lovely.
Choose from any of our Magnolia tree varieties:
- Magnolia grandiflora ‘Alta’
- Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’
- Magnolia grandiflora ‘Claudia Wannamaker’
- Magnolia grandiflor ‘D.D.Blanchard’
- Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
- Magnolia liliiflora ‘Jane’
- Magnolia virginiana Sweet Bay Magnolia
- Pick a planting site carefully. Magnolias are more difficult to transplant than other varieties of ornamental tree.
- The elegant, sprawling canopy of the Southern Magnolia can grow up to 80ft high and 60 ft wide. Plant these ornamentals in an area with plenty of space.
- Plant your Magnolia tree in rich, well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
- Water newly planted Magnolia trees often, keeping them well-hydrated without allowing water to gather around the root system.
For more information on choosing and planting ornamental Magnolia trees, call 3am Growers.