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Magnolia grandiflora

Native Plants

Southern Magnolia

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Summary

Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is one of our most attractive native broad-leaved evergreen trees. There are few trees that can rival it as a specimen tree for larger landscapes, maturing to 50’ tall or more. With its thick, glossy, green, 6-8” long leaves and large, fragrant white flowers up to 8” in diameter, southern magnolia attracts attention year round. In the garden it grows best in full sun with acidic, well-drained soils. To enhance the beauty of southern magnolia, gardeners often allow this tree to branch to the ground. With the dense shade of evergreen leaves, few companions can grow in the shade of southern magnolia. It should be protected from very windy sites which can result in winter leaf burn. Zones 6-9. 


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  • Plant Type
    tree 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    evergreen 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring-to-early-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    black, brown, orange, pink