Southern Magnolia Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mary Kershner
Absecon, NJ
Question by abberline
May 20, 1998
I recently went to a farm market and saw a beautiful southern magnolia tree. Can this tree be grown in my area? If so, are there any special precautions that I have to take in the winter? Also, does it require full or partial sunlight?


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 1998

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Southern magnolia is hardy to zone 7. It would be marginal for you as only southern New Jersey and some coastal areas are in the upper end of zone 7.

Southern magnolia is a slow growing tree that needs a well drained but not droughty soil. It can grow to become a giant in the landscape. I would be concerned that some occasional, unusually cold winters could damage it and diminish its aesthetic value to your landscape.

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