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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