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Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia

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This is the quintessential tree one pictures when thinking of southern grace and elegance. It's a hardy, fast growing evergreen that yields tons of fragrant white blooms that are pure Americana. Southern Magnolia is not a fussy tree and doesn't require any assistance from you to keep it looking stunning.

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Southern Magnolia

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An ornamental symbol of the American South, the Southern Magnolia is a large evergreen that can grow to 80 feet in height. Its incredible, linen-white flowers adorn the tree from late spring through the summer months. 

The flowing petals sprawl out, revealing a bright white center. A sweet, distinctive fragrance emanates from the flowers, permeating the lush landscapes and stately plantations throughout the south. 

So pretty are the Southern Magnolia's flowers, they are the most commonly used flowers for bridal bouquets. Brick-red fruits and kidney-shaped seeds attract a variety of birds and small animals including squirrels and wild turkeys. 

The broad leaves are thick, long (5-8 inches) and shiney, with a dark green color so rich that florists use them in arrangements. The leave's underside is a rust colored, velvet-like bottom that complements the green surface. 

A wide trunk (2-3 feet in diameter) with creamy brown bark, consists of hard and heavy wood commonly used to make furniture, pallets, crates and cabinets. The Southern Magnolia is extremely drought tolerant. 

It can thrive in full sun or partial shade and likes well-drained soil. The sights and smells of this classic southern beauty make it a good candidate for a street tree, a framing tree or a shade tree, as long as it has ample room to accommodate its massive size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 40-80 ft.
Mature Width: 30-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Magnolia grandiflora
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-9
(blue area above)

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It's Easy to Plant your Southern Magnolia


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Southern Magnolia.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Southern Magnolia gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Southern Magnolia again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
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  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

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Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
 
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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

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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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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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.