Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem') in the Magnolias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 15-20 feet
Plant Spread: 8-10 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Broadleaf
Other: Glossy upper surface, with rusty-brown reverse; may be somewhat deciduous during harsh winters.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Espalier
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Pollinators: Beetles
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 5, 2011 5:45 PM

Lovely Magnolia. This cultivar is a slow grower and does not attain the heights as the species tree but makes a wonderful accent in the garden. It has leathery dark green leaves with a soft/pubescent brown reverse, a nice contrast to the darker green. The blooms are absolutely gorgeous and have a nice fragrance!

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 20, 2019 10:21 AM

This cultivar does well in the Philadelphia, PA region of Zone 6b and is offered by some larger, diverse conventional nurseries there. It is an expensive woody plant so it is occasionally found planted mostly at estates, campuses, professional landscapes, and in well-to-do neighbourhoods. It gets to about 20 feet high with leaves smaller than the mother species to about 4 inches long and the flowers also smaller of 4 to 6 inches in diameter. It was selected by Warren Steed Nursery in Candor, North Carolina and introduced into the trade by the huge Monrovia Nursery of the West Coast.

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