Magnolias in MN - Knowledgebase Question

Lakeville, MN
Question by jomalucl
July 29, 2005
I would like to replace a sickly flowering crab with a fragrant Magnolia here in Zone 4. The spot gets east and south sun. A small variety would be best (max 15 feet) but I'd like a tree-like rather than shrub-like shape. Can you tell me what my options are? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
July 29, 2005


Here are three tried and true Magnolias for your growing zone:
Magnolia 'Elizabeth' (Magnolia acuminata 'Elizabeth') Deep green foliage; full sun to light shade; well-drained, loamy soil.

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial' (Centennial Magnolia) HT 10-12', SP 12-15', SUN White, tinged pink, strappy flowers, 5" wide, in mid - late April.

Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia) Among magnolias, distinctive for its evergreen shiny narrow leaves - pale green above and a downy white beneath. Blooms from mid-June to mid-August. A refined small tree best given a prominent place in the landscape where its lily-fragrant flowers can be appreciated.

Hope one of these is just right for your landscape!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by rocklady and is called "Fringe Tree"