Few plants can be considered as quintessentially Southern as the Magnolia. Their big, waxy, glossy leaves juxtaposed with heady, fragrant flowers are familiar sights to Southerners. They bloom in a rainbow of colors, and while some species flower in the heat of summer, others bloom in late winter and act as harbingers of warmer weather to come.
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The Magnolia is a favorite tree for Southern yards, not only because of its perfumed blooms, which are always a draw for gardeners but also because of its variety. Magnolias produce a wide range of foliage and bloom types with a wonderful diversity of appearance. Every gardener has their favorites, and we think there’s a magnolia species for every yard.
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“Note from Joel”
As noted in the description above, there are many cultivars of Magnolias. We are only going to focus on 3-4 of these. Although our inventory shows Southern Magnolia, you can actually have a conversation with us to help you decide which you want of what we offer. Each of our offerings are different. Bracken Brown Beauty has a slightly brown backside. DD Blanchard has a distinctly brown backside. Little Gem has a small leaf and is more or less a miniature Magnolia. Southern Magnolia is the original genus, grows very large, and all other Magnolia are cultivated from it.
Southern magnolia is a large, broad-leafed evergreen tree that can grow 60-90 ft (18-27 m) in height with a trunk up to 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) in diameter. Its trunk is typically straight and erect with spreading branches that form a dense, broadly pyramidal crown. The evergreen leaves are large 5-8 in (13-20 cm) long, leathery and dark glossy green above with rusty, velveteen undersides. Southern magnolia has large, showy white flowers that are 8-12 in (20-30 cm) in diameter. These have a pleasant fragrance and appear throughout the spring and summer. The fruits are reddish-brown conelike structures, 2-4 in (5-10 cm) long, with bright red kidney-shaped seeds that hang from little threads when fully mature in autumn.
There are more than 100 cultivars listed, some possibly no longer available. ‘Edith Bogue’ is conical and more cold hardy than most; ‘Little Gem’ is compact and small, to 20 ft (6 m) with 4 in (10 cm) leaves and 6 in (15 cm) flowers; ‘Samuel Sommer’ has flowers to 14 in (36 cm) across; ‘Bracken’s brown beauty’ is compact and bushy with smaller leaves and flowers.