Little Gem Magnolia for Sale

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If you love Magnolias, but don't have the room for such a large tree, Little Gem is the answer to your prayers. It has all the wonderful attributes that this southern beauty offers--evergreen glossy leaves, fragrant white blooms and a tough as nails attitude--all in a 15 foot tall package. Super easy to maintain and postcard perfect blossoms!

Little Gem Magnolia

Little Tree Packs a Big Punch

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Premium Planting Kit
Planting Kit Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
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Planting Mix
Little Gem Magnolia Planting Mix

Helps your Little Gem Magnolia get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
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Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

DIEHARD Transplant
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Aptly named, the Little Gem has all the wonderful qualities you'd expect from a hardy magnolia and more. 

Its ornate flowers--large (8 inches wide), white and creamy-- last longer than any of its cousins. The Little Gem Magnolia is such an early bloomer, it will spend half the year showing off its impressive flowers with a sweet, enchanting fragrance that will delight. 

A tough customer, the species is near winter-proof and will actually exhibit growth during the cold season in some southern locations. When planting space is limited, this magnolia is the perfect choice as its narrowly columned form requires much less room than all other variations. 

The foliage delivers a nice contrast to the seemingly ever-present flowers. Dark, glossy green leaves with a bronze-like underside will complement the scenery of many locations. 

Although nicknamed the dwarf, and considered by some a shrub, Little Gems stack up pretty well, at times reaching heights of more than 20 feet in just seven years. 

With little care of no more than adequate moisture and the occasional plant food, the tree will provide excellent screening, framing accents and other versatile uses limited only by the imagination. 

It's no wonder the Little Gem is the most commonly grown of all magnolias.

Growing Zones: 5-9

Mature Height: 15-20 ft.
Mature Width: 8-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-9
(green area above)
It's Easy to Plant your Little Gem Magnolia
Plant your Little Gem Magnolia in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Although Little Gem Magnolias prefer full sun they can tolerate shade. For a privacy screen or hedge plant your Little Gem Magnolias about 5 feet apart. Make sure that your tree doesn't sit in an low area of your yard that collects standing water.

Little Gem Magnolias prefer slightly acidic soil but will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. After planting your Little Gem Magnolia water it once a week. Once your Magnolia is established it will be very drought tolerant and will only need water during times of drought.

Early every Spring fertilize your Little Gem Magnolia with a well balanced fertilizer like formula 10-10-10 or 8-8-8 and prepare for the show. White creamy flowers will emerge in the Spring and keep blooming all summer and into the Fall!

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Growth Rate
Great tree. Fast growing and blooms about 8 months of the year in eastern NC. Very important to mulch it's own leaves as they drop though and feed them back to the tree. Heavy watering the first year is critical for root development and growth. Fertilizer twice a year for magnolia trees helps a lot, I used the tree ""spikes"" to make it easier for me
December 31, 2012
Great tree once I learned to use 10-10-10 every two weeks! Grew leaves like crazy and increased in size. This was after a poor winter in which it was damaged. Repeated second and third years and tree is rapidly growly; though, at the expense of flowers
December 31, 2012
Little Gem blooms after 4 months
My 'Little Gem' Magnolia Grandiflora arrived in perfect condition about 2' tall. After four months it is now 2&1/2 ' tall and already has three flower buds with one almost fully open. I am really excited. It is possible I will buy one more for my small garden. This is truly the perfect Magnolia for smaller spaces and also for big ones.
September 19, 2014
St Louis, MO, US
I planted it last fall. Had to fence it in because of deer, who ate the flowers it had when I planted it. Anxiously awaited the spring; the tree has had one flower and it's gotten new leaves, so it looks like it survived our New York winter. Yes!!Pleased with how the tree was when it was delivered. Would recommend your company
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
Received as described. Already has flower within 1st year.
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
So far so Good
Keeping my fingers crossed in the chilly northeast. No evidence of new growth but it appears healthy and I'm guessing the root system is establishing itself. Didn't realize squirrels love the buds that I'm looking forward to becoming beautiful flowers next spring. Will keep my fingers crossed until next spring. It arrived well boxed and in perfect condition.
September 24, 2014
1 year ago
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Growth Rate
"little" Gem Magnolias
I guess I didnt know what a 1gallon plant looks like. For $40 i got a 1 foot tall plant. I could go to lowes and get a 5gallon 6ft plant for $80 price.
July 30, 2015
5 months ago
Growth Rate
Loved but it died
Did not grow very fast but did make some progress. I was excited to see what the next year would bring. Well it didn't as it died during the winter. I knew it was probably dead in the spring but thought I had until the date they said would ship. When I notified them a couple of days before that date, they informed me my year was up. They were right when I looked at the invoice as they shipped two weeks early. I did not replace even though I wanted another one.
October 28, 2014
Grand Rapids, MI, US
over 2 years ago
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I've had mine for about 4 years. It has only grown about 6 inches, 4 feet high now. It has beautiful leaves and a lot of blooms. But, it doesn't look as nice and full at the one advertised here on line. I've even ferterlized it
December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
This is a beautiful magnolia
We live in Sutherlin, Oregon which gets some frost and maybe snow in the winter and heat in the 90's during summer. This "little gem" took a while to adapt to transplanting. But now it is getting new beautiful shiny leaves. No flowers yet. Not much growth but expect to see more next year. All in all we are very pleased and are willing to wait and watch this magnolia mature.
July 25, 2015
9 months ago
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Memorial to late husband who loved magnolia trees.
Vickie W on Oct 13, 2015
My Little Gem is just blooming for me again at the end of September and I live in Indiana. First one died during our heavy winter but this one seems to be thriving and smells TERRIFIC!!! Just ordered another one!
Gaggy on Sep 21, 2015
Memorial to late husband who loved magnolia trees.
Vickie W on Oct 13, 2015
My neighbors in Illinois growing up had one and I always like it. In Florida there were a lot of them. I always associate their blooming as meaning Derby time is near!
Linda V on Oct 11, 2015
My Little Gem is just blooming for me again at the end of September and I live in Indiana. First one died during our heavy winter but this one seems to be thriving and smells TERRIFIC!!! Just ordered another one!
Gaggy on Sep 21, 2015
The height and privacy coverage was right for this area.
Dianne C on Sep 14, 2015
I chose Little Gem Magnolia because I was looking for a flowering tree with plenty of foliage for shading, but have limited space. The description of Little Gem fit my needs perfectly.
Tonya G on Sep 12, 2015
Want a magnolia tree. Thought it was 50percent off today
Karen H on Aug 19, 2015
My neighbors in Illinois growing up had one and I always like it. In Florida there were a lot of them. I always associate their blooming as meaning Derby time is near!
Linda V on Oct 11, 2015
The height and privacy coverage was right for this area.
Dianne C on Sep 14, 2015
What is the correct way to prune this Little Gem Magnolia, and is it ever okay to just cut in half?
elaine h on Mar 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Little Gem does take well to pruning, so you probably will be OK cutting it in half. I would allow a couple of years to let it recover and start to looking good again. Pruning method varies by the type of pruning you wish to do. If you have a row of them growing in a hedge, or if you have a single specimen that is too big, you should prune the ends off the branches to the size or shape you want; this can be done with shears. If you want to limb it up into a tree form and show the trunk, or if you have a branch that seems out of place, use pruning shears to remove the branches at the trunk. If you are cutting it in half, you will probably need to use pruning shears or a saw to cut the trunk(s) back to 12 inches under the height you want (this is to allow for new growth to come in and still be the height you want), then use shears to cut back the remaining foliage to the shape you want.
When is the best time, and how should a little gem be pruned. I want them to grow tall but want the bottom not the trunk to be branch free, DALLAS, Texas ?
Vince S on Jan 14, 2015
Are these trees deer resistant?
A D on Mar 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A hungry deer will eat most anything, but Little Gem is near the bottom of their Favorite Foods list, and is considered deer resistant.
will a little gem survive in the shade?
greg s on Apr 17, 2015
What is the height of the Little gem magnolia when shipped and do they have their branches and leaves still on them during shipping?
Marvie C on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This depends on the size that you order. The 3 to 4 foot is at least 3 feet tall and anywhere between 3 to 4 feet tall. Trees often keep there leaves during shipping, but some trees shed their leaves to save their energy as a natural means to protect themselves.
How big is a 2 gal Little Gem Magnolia ?
Trisha H on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine arrived as an 8-inch plant in a 6-foot tall box :(((
How large a planting area does the gem magnolia need? I have only a 2.5 foot by 10 foot area about 10 feet from my house. I am looking for a tree that will screen my neighbor's tall sloping roof. But of course I don't want to harm the concrete patio or house foundation.
Leslie B on Nov 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would not plant the Little Gem that close. You want it about 15ft from the house.
Can you grow these in containers in zone 6.5?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Would you believe I live in zone 4 (Minneapolis) and I purchased a little Gem in April, 2013, so cute and small but flowered for me that year in its container (a bit wooden tub). I took it in the house in the winter not knowing what would happen, I put it in an east window (lot of light). It did not die, it didn't grow, but I didn't lose any foliage, it was as though it was in a dormant state. I put it out in late May and it is doing well, it has grown 10" with a lot of new leaves. However, as of yet, I have not had any flowers, but I still hope. Our winters (particularly last one) are brutal and I know it would not survive outside and I am pleased, so far, with my experiment of growing it indoors in the winter. I know yours will be fine, us gardeners who use the container method will have to prune them back eventually as I am sure it won't take long to outgrow the pot and, even with a dolly, I am only strong enough to go up maybe another size, as it is so heavy with all of the soil. Good luck and let us know how it does.
I live in colorado springs with a high altitude. Will this grow near the corner of the house?
Robbi B on Apr 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-9. Click the link below to look up what growing zone your in.
I read one review that said when received, several branches and leaves were intact. Could you give me more details on size height and width and how full when shipped?
Cathy B on Jun 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The 3 gallon size is between 1 to 2 feet tall and about a half foot wide. The one gallon size is about a foot tall and less wide.
I live in Miami Florida. Can I grow a Little Gem Magnolia?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I live in Miami . Florida bought 2 trees 3gallon & 2 gallon I want to said both trees are doing great they have flower twice this year and still have more buds to open. now praying that tropical storm Erika goes away from Miami
Where can I find the fertilizer 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 here in Miami, Fl. my 3 gal is doing great the 2 gal flower when I got it, but needs something is the same as when I planted the other one thriving love my trees. Help?
Maria G on Jan 5, 2015
Can this tree be planted in zone 6 in September?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, September is a good time to plant in your zone.
Does it do well in windy areas?
rose s on Nov 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is a sturdy tree.
If ordered today, when will plant arrive in Tucson Az?
jill R on Jul 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately Arizona has agricultural laws put in place that prevent us from legally shipping Little Gem Magnolia Trees there.
when will you be getting more of this plant? Also, Monrovia's online website rates the Little Gem Magnolia as only good for zones 7-9, yet your site says 5-9; which is correct?
Amy G on Apr 6, 2015
I want to plant for shade about 3 to 4 feet from swimming pool, do you think it would grow well here?
A shopper on Jul 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: This tree grows 15-30 ft tall and is shaped rather like a Midwestern Poplar tree. Key question is would you plant a tree 3-4 ft from your house foundation (or pool)? Answer is No. If you are in zones 8-11 try White Bird of Paradise . In zone 8 it'll grow 8-9 ft; here in South Florida, 20 ft. It's like a big tree that spreads out like a bush and can be planted close to pools and foundations. A hedge that can grow big enough for shade is the Southern Wax Myrtle or Golden Dew Drop.
Will it thrive in zone 10?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The recommended growing zones are 5-9 so a zone 10 is a little hot. However, there have been people to successfully grow outside of the zones.
Can this be trimmed like a tree?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can trim it down like a bush to around 4 feet, but you need to trim it anyway to avoid it becoming leggy. you want it to bush out like go straight like a stick so you have to help it along.
does this variety drop many leaves?
James M on Jul 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hardy in zones 7 to 9. Northern uses where weather is colder tend to lose more leaves. Evergreen plant though. You can expect to lose a small percentage anyways. Plant on southern exposure side of house, protected from wind in northern areas. Remove snow frequently as it will break the limbs.
When to plant, as to month or season? Can you just plant at any time of the year? No info on that is present in article.
Frank A on Sep 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I rec'd my little gem in Dec 2013 and planted it right away. After two unusually cold winters I finally was rewarded with my first flower in Sept 2015. Since then I've had four more flowers each lasting only a couple of days because of a unusually hot summer. Think plant is confused. Lewes, DE
Can I please get the answer to my recent question?
Shiraz S on Aug 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would like to answer your question but I don't know what your question is. I've tried searching my emails but can't find it. Send your question again and I will try to answer it.
Can this plant take intense heat as I live in the desert and it will maintain 105-110+ temps in July and August? Supposedly I live in zone 8.
Theresa C on Jul 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Ours is planted in a full sun western exposure but is shaded by the house in the morning. The temperatures here can be 80 to just over 100 in June through August (especially in the sun) but fluxuate since we are near the coast. The highest temperatures don't usually last for more that 2 weeks at a time. Since we are in the midst of the California drought it has not grown much but is hanging in there with less water that we would like to give it.
Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you.
Are these pet friendly?
MJNix on Jun 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are. We have doga and cats.
Have a great day!
how do you prune magnolias?
Jackie R on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Prune your Magnolia at the first sign of any dead leaves, branches or flowers. Prune right before spring. When pruning, remove the branch down to its base. Prune your tree to maintain the required shape as well as to keep the rapid growth of branches under control. Prune the lower branches as necessary as the tree grows.
my tree is 5+ years and does not flower.....why?
Nancee l on May 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: my tree is only two years it bloomed for two seasons but it did not survive our winter I bought it because of its smaller size and our granddaughter whose name is Gemma so sad I think its a beautiful tree hope your tree starts to bloom its a beautiful tree
I like to buy 6 of the Magnolia trees that grow only up to 5-6 feet tall, do you carry them? thanks
Magda g on Jul 30, 2015
We carry the little gem magnolia that can get 12-20 ft. tall. We do not carry anything in a magnolia with a 5-6 ft. height. We do carry a variety of flowering shrubs in that height catagory, if you feel the little gem will be too tall.
How long for the little gem to get 12-15 ft.??
Napolee T on Jun 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A young Little Gem grows about 2 feet per season when well-grown, so it will probably take about 5 years for it to reach 12 feet from the nice-size plant we supply. It will slow down in its growth rate as it gets older, which lets it stay a relatively small size.
I cut down an evergreen tree. Would it hurt Little Gem if I planted it by the evergreen stump?
Jackie T on Jun 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It should be fine by the stump. The Little Gem Magnolia roots will work its way around the evergreen stump and roots.
Is this as hardy as Edith Bogue or better?
GARY M on Jun 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Little Gem Magnolia has a higher cold tolerance than the Edith Bogue. The Little Gem Magnolia can survive the freezing temperatures in zone 5, while the Edith Bogue is only cold hard to zone 6.

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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.

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