Answer: I'd choose TEDDY BEAR? SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA (Magnolia grandiflora 'Southern Charm') because of its pyramidal shape and moderate growth rate. It grows 16 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide and produces fragrant white flowers throughout summer and fall. It woud be a good size for your yard.
The DWARF SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem') is a dwarf Southern Magnolia with smaller dark green foliage and very compact narrow form, but it grows 20-25' tall and 10-15' wide which might be too large for your yard. It is a heavy bloomer but white flowers appear early with a second flush of blooms in late summer.
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