The Q&A Archives: Magnolia Trees

Question: I want to plant a Magnolia that is part of our landscaping on the west side of the house. We went to a nursery and saw two types of Magnolia; Jane Magnolia and Royal Star Magnolia. Which one do you recommend?

Answer: These are both lovely small magnolias and do best in a somewhat sheltered location in a moist yet well drained location in soil rich in organic matter. If there is reflected heat from the house it may cause the tree to bloom a bit earlier than it normally would which may subject it tomore frequent frost damage -- both of these were selected because they bloom a bit late and therefore may avoid frost damage more often than not in most locations. Magnolia stellata "Royal Star" will grow to about 15 or 20 feet tall and spread between 10 and 15 feet wide; Magnolia liliflora "Jane" will grow to roughly the same size. They are both lovely in bloom, so pick the one you like better.

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