The Q&A Archives: D.d. Blanchard Magnolia

Question: We are looking for a small ornamental tree(20-25 feet)to plant near our deck and would be in full sun. It will provide shade & privacy for the deck. Our local nursery recommended a D.D. Blanchard Magnolia. In researching it, I don't think it would be appropriate for our area of the country. We are in Zone 6 and I feel we could lose it to freezing. On the other hand if it did survive the winters, I don't think it is considered a small tree.

I am thinking about a Saucer Magnolia or even a Eastern Redbud. I would value your opinion.

Eleisa Mason

Answer: The DD Blanchard magnolia is only considered hardy into zone 7 and does grow a bit larger than you have in mind. The saucer magnolias are lovely trees, but bloom is often lost in areas where spring temperatures swing up and down unpredictably with those sneaky frosts. They also really grow best in a soil that is organic, evenly moist yet well drained and slightly acidic. In your area, I would think a redbud or one of the newer varieties of healthy crabapple (some even hold their apples) would be a fine choice and amenable to most sorts of growing conditions. Good luck with your new tree.

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