Southern Magnolia

$99

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The Magnolia Tree for North and South

Not Just a Southern Tree
The name Southern Magnolia may mislead you to think it only grows in the south.  Not true at all!  It can thrive in northern states – as far as Maine. It is a large evergreen that grows up to 80 feet tall and 40 feet wide. If you’re looking to fill a space in your landscape economically, this tree is ideal, as it’s size eliminates the need to buy multiple trees. Considered as both an ornamental and a flowering tree, the Southern Magnolia is also regarded as an unconventional privacy tree because of its large stature.  Our customers have said they love to watch it mature over the years.  Plan on it being around for generations.

Year-Round Foliage
There is a lot to love about fall and winter, but most people will agree that bare trees are not the most desirable traits of the colder months. This tree presents year-round foliage that is quite unique.  Its shiny, dark green leaves are thick and 5-8 inches long. The colossal tree provides an impressive amount of rich color when many other trees go dormant.  It’s also a sweet place of refuge for birds, squirrels, and rabbits. In fact, it produces cones and small red seeds that furry creatures will nibble on throughout winter.

Big, Beautiful White Flowers
Its incredible, linen-white flowers adorn the tree from late spring through the summer months. The flowing petals sprawl out, revealing a bright white center. A sweet, distinctive fragrance permeates through the air, across landscapes, and through open windows. The delightful scent is unforgettable, and what many people consider a part of their childhood. Once you experience the joys of the strong, yet sweet Southern Magnolia, you’ll want one to be a part of your landscape forever.

The white flowers against the dark green foliage is a stunning site.  Florists adore them, as they’re as beautiful as they are convenient to include in flower arrangements and bridal bouquets.  

Easy to Grow
The Southern Magnolia is moderately drought tolerant and will grow in most types of soil. It will even withstand some flooding. Doing best in direct sunlight, it will be okay in partial sun (at least 4 hours a day.)  Northern states should plant in areas where it’s protected from strong winds.

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If you want a big, beautiful tree that is easy to grow and maintain, then the Southern Magnolia Tree is a great choice.  Place your order today and we’ll ship it out the next business day.

Planting & Care

The Southern Magnolia tree (Magnolia grandiflora) is a decorative, flowering evergreen that is popularly grown in the more southern regions of the United States. The magnolia makes an outstanding shade tree as well, maturing to large heights of anywhere between 40-80 feet tall and 30-40 feet wide. The dark green, glossy leaves are great contrast against the large, linen white flowers that bring forth a lovely fragrance as they emerge. Magnolias have commonly been used for many years for things such as furniture, crates and cabinets. The southern magnolia is a full sun loving tree best suited for USDA growing zones 7-9 and once established, becomes more drought tolerant and withstand temperature drops as low as 10 degrees.

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Location: Choose a location away from cement sidewalks or driveways so that they are not disturbed by the rapid root growth of the magnolia. If possible, pick a spot on the north side of the yard with a safe distance from the house. This will enable the maximum exposure to the sun resulting in more blossoms. Be sure to take into account the trees mature height and width when scouting your planting site.

Planting Instructions: 
1) Choose a site that is rich in organic matter and drains well. If desired, you can add compost into the planting hole and mix with soil. A slightly acidic soil is best.
2) Carefully examine the root system, cutting off any roots that are growing in a circular pattern before planting.
3) The hole should be dug slightly larger than the root system of the plant, 2-3 times the width and just as deep as the root ball.
4) Position the tree in the ground and mix the soil with the compost.
5) Hold the tree straight as you begin to back fill the hole, tamping down as you go to prevent air pockets from forming and then water to settle the soil.
6) Apply some mulch after planting to moderate soil temperatures and moisture conditions. This will also assist with keeping competing growth at bay.

Watering: Water the magnolia frequently during the root systems early development, then periodically as necessary. Water just beyond the branch line, to reach the full extent of the roots.

Fertilization: Magnolias are susceptible to salt damage from over fertilizing, limit fertilizer application to iron chelates only as a treatment for “chlorosis.” You can feed your tree with a controlled-release fertilizer formula if new growth is noticeably slow. Just be sure to follow the application instructions on the bottle for optimum effectiveness.

Pruning: Prune your magnolia at the first sign of any dead leaves, branches or flowers. Deciduous magnolia trees should be pruned right after bloom. Prune evergreen magnolias, right before spring. When pruning, remove the branch down to its base. Prune your tree to maintain the required shape as well as to keep the rapid growth of branches under control. Prune the lower branches as necessary as the tree grows.

Pests: The most common problem for magnolias is Chlorosis. Inspect the magnolia and be watchful for yellow leaves with green veins. Treat the condition by adding iron to the soil.

Tips:
*Don’t crowd out your magnolia. They tend to look their best when they stand alone.
*Avoid digging around the roots of the magnolia which can damage your tree.

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