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Little Gem Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'


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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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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
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-20 ft.

Mature Width:

8-10 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


4 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

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Little Tree Packs a Big Punch

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.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
37 Reviews
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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
January 1, 2013
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
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
Received as described. Already has flower within 1st year.
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
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
1 year 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
over 4 years ago
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The tree was lovely when it arrived, smaller then I expected, but a great price..and we knew we would enjoy watching it grow. However, the leaves turned brown about a month ago...and I am trying hard to bring it back. Do you offer any guarantee on the trees?
September 19, 2014
over 2 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
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
January 1, 2013

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Little Gem Magnolia

Little Gem Magnolia Planting Diretions 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!

Questions & Answers

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It is compact and provides a focal point for the front of our house. It also reminds us of our wedding.
Darin G on Apr 22, 2017
My grandmother had a huge magnolia tree growing by her kitchen window and I will NEVER forget that morning magnolia
smell. it's been pretty tough since the wild fires took all the vegetation off my 7 acres in 2011, buy somehow I feel that
the morning magnolia smell will be most welcome ! There have been so many expenses replacing everything that I have to buy just a little at a time, but, I'm looking forward to ordering more replacement plants from your
company in the future.
CORNELIA A on Apr 17, 2017
It is compact and provides a focal point for the front of our house. It also reminds us of our wedding.
Darin G on Apr 22, 2017
Love Flowering Trees
Robert P on Apr 20, 2017
My grandmother had a huge magnolia tree growing by her kitchen window and I will NEVER forget that morning magnolia
smell. it's been pretty tough since the wild fires took all the vegetation off my 7 acres in 2011, buy somehow I feel that
the morning magnolia smell will be most welcome ! There have been so many expenses replacing everything that I have to buy just a little at a time, but, I'm looking forward to ordering more replacement plants from your
company in the future.
CORNELIA A on Apr 17, 2017
size and appearance
martha h on Apr 15, 2017
I thought they were beautiful, but they didn't make it through the winter even though they were hardy up to zone 5 and that is where I live
Erika M on Apr 12, 2017
Wanted a small tree, this one looks interesting.
Sharon H on Apr 10, 2017
My Mom has one of these trees and I love it!
Donna E on Apr 9, 2017
beautiful tree
Diane C on Apr 3, 2017
Received one of these as a gift, it actually had pink flowers on it. Loved it. Moved and wanted another one. I live in Kansas and had no problems growing the Magnolia.
Jessie G on Mar 30, 2017
It looks like a moderate sized, well formed specimen tree and that is what I want. I hope it will grow as you describe.
Adrienne K on Mar 29, 2017
Very elegant tree which will be perfect along our driveway. Although they are slow growers, they are sure worth the wait.
Francesca K on Mar 28, 2017
My grandmother had one. Giving to my Mom in remembrance.
Donna R on Mar 21, 2017
Space conservation, hardy, and fast grower. My wife is also in love with Magnolias.
Steven R on Mar 21, 2017
Just the right size for out front of the home.
Robert S on Mar 11, 2017
Izabela M on Mar 6, 2017
flowers, and scent.
juan jose c on Mar 4, 2017
Love magnolias, will use as a specimin plant.
Gayle E on Feb 26, 2017
I love magnolias.
nora s on Feb 23, 2017
I love Magnolia trees. They are so genuinely Southern and magnificent. The flowers are really pretty.
Pearlie C on Feb 16, 2017
I love Magnolias that's why!
Zenia M on Feb 15, 2017
This is a four season tree. I love to see green trees during winter.
CENEZ T on Nov 17, 2016
Planted tree in back yard. Liked better than regular Magnolia
James D on Aug 30, 2016
Broad leaves, fast growing evergreen, always wanted a magnolia like this.
Lucinda C on Aug 26, 2016
andrew c on Aug 11, 2016
Paul O on Aug 6, 2016
I like the shape of the bush and where I want to plant it. Also, the size of the blooms.
CARLA B on Aug 4, 2016
This little Gem is a replacement tree, wanted to add something with a little luster and easy to maintain. and beautiful as well..
james t on Aug 1, 2016
Just love the scent and the overall appearance of it
Lea A on Aug 1, 2016
Several years ago I removed a magnolia tree my wife adored to make room for a gate giving us access to our back yard. At the time I "promised" to replace it, but, as often seems to happen I forgot. As we pulled up to the house a few days ago my wife mentioned the Magnolia. TIME TO KEEP MY PROMISE!!
Woody O on Jul 26, 2016
Fragrant flowers and tight tall growth
Johnna A on Jul 23, 2016
Just because I love Magnolias and this one supposedly will grow in my region
mitchell s on Jul 22, 2016
Because I like them, they smell wonderful and are pretty trees.
Athena H on Jul 15, 2016
love the big white flowers
Fanila R on Jul 11, 2016
After receipt of these items I will send out a review of quality. Shopping for Magnolia's we found this website easy and clear to understand. The prices seem very reasonable. Thank you.
Marie C on Jul 11, 2016
I chose this tree as part of a mixed evergreen privacy hedge
Nancy L on Jul 2, 2016
I love the smell of magnolias and have wanted this tree in my yard. I plan to use the leaves and flowers in holiday decorations.
Elizabeth C on Jun 30, 2016
Fragrance, price, width of blossom.
Melissa and Buddy O on Jun 29, 2016
Replacing Chocolate Mimosa's that died of the fungus.
Duane W on Jun 28, 2016
JANNIE B on Jun 23, 2016
Beautiful magnolia tree for smaller yard.
Jennifer D on Jun 21, 2016
My wife told me to get it for her birthday.
Monica H on Apr 18, 2016
I wanted an evergreen magnolia for my front yard.
Janice J on Apr 6, 2016
Pretty but didnt survive.
Diana B on Mar 22, 2016
Perfect fit in between two houses with small yard
Michael F on Mar 17, 2016
I love flowering trees and this one is especially beautiful and fragrant.
Dayle E on Mar 12, 2016
fragrance I like the smell
Mark D on Mar 12, 2016
live in New Mexico and drought tolerant was great for this tree. I love the dark green and white flowers
LISA R on Mar 3, 2016
I read an article saying that it was a very fragrant tree.
Francis S on Feb 16, 2016
Along fence to get privacy but softness with flowers
Rosemary F on Feb 7, 2016
privacy, and beauty
cynthia w on Jan 22, 2016
Love Flowering Trees
Robert P on Apr 20, 2017
size and appearance
martha h on Apr 15, 2017
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.
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.
will a little gem survive in the shade?
greg s on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They will in part shade.
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.
How big is a 2 gal Little Gem Magnolia ?
Trisha H on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
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.
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 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
Can you grow these in containers in zone 6.5?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Here in the Calif desert up in Twentynine Palms, I have mine growing in a very large tera cota pot on the patio in the shade where it gets a lot of light. It is several years old and so far each spring it has given me 2 beautiful blossoms. It is about 4 ft tall and I keep it damp and fertilize with fish emulsion once a month. I am very happy with it. Never drops leaves no matter how hot it is (114 degrees)
Can this tree be planted in zone 6 in September?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't. It is one that needs protecting in our climate and it needs time for roots to get really strong before winter comes in. My first winter 32 or less temperature drop is typically Oct 15 and that is only 5 weeks away and not enough time for this sweet little plant to get settled in. Plant it in May and you'll be fine.
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.
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 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.
I'm in zone 7 in a high wind area located at the bay of a seashore area.
Could you tell me what would be the best location for this plant and also
what would be the best fertilizer or plant food for it please?
Thank you.
S L on May 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. If possible, we recommend picking a spot on the north side of the yard within a safe distance from the house. This will enable the maximum exposure to the sun resulting in more blossoms. In regards to fertilizing this tree, because Magnolias are susceptible to salt damage from being over-fertilizing, it is best to limit fertilizer application to iron chelates. However, we only recommend this as a treatment for chlorosis. We hope this information is helpful. Feel free to contact us should you have additional questions.
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.
Little Gem Magnolia will be shipped as bare root or potted plant?
Cristina on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They will be shipped in pots.
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.
Are these evergreen in zone 6?
Joseph G on Dec 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Joseph, I planted my Little Gem in the yard this spring. I live 1 mile from the American/Canadian border. This fall, I placed layers of grass clippings around the base of the tree. Then I put 3 steel rods around the tree and covered the tree with burlap. I will let you know how the tree does this coming spring. Fast-Growing Trees is a great company who backs their products as long as you buy the warranty. Couldn't ask for a better place to deal with...Highly Recommended. Hope this helps
I'd like to plant this tree near a retaining wall made of engineered stone. Will the roots push on the wall causing it to heave?
Monica W on Dec 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would plant at least 15 feet away from any structure.
I live in zone 5 will the little gem grow in my area?
Lisa B on Jul 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 6. I bought 2 little gems two years ago and lost them both when winter temps dropped to -12 degrees, so zone 5 would be a risky move IMO unless you can protect the little gem well from very low temps. II also have two sweet bay magnolias that are deciduous in zone 6 but handle such cold temps just fine. I hope this helps!
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.
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.
Is this a deciduous tree?
Frances on Apr 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hello- Actually, no. This Magnolia actually keeps its leaves in the winter, and they stay green all year. It only flowers in the summer months, however.
Hi. I live zone 7. I am wanting to plant this near my pool. It would be about 15 feet back from the in ground pool/ pool wall. Will that for sure mean that it won't effect the pool? Also, does his tree shed a lot?
Shell on Mar 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am in zone 7 also. My tree seems healthy, doesn't shed its leaves, and has grown aproximately a foot since I planted it 2 1/2 years ago. Personally, I wouldn't plant any tree 15 feet from my in-ground pool. It's just too close to the pool for me. I'm not sure how the root system would grow. You also would have some debris from the tree blown into the pool during a stray afternoon thunderstorm. My little tree has been pretty tough these last two years. I hope to see it grow to its mature height. Good luck with your tree.
Will this grow up a trellis ?
Debrinnier on May 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the Little Gem is a tree, not a vine.
How long does it take to reach 20ft ?
Lynne T on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: So far it has grown about 6 inches per year. If the growth rate is constant, then my estimate is about 36 years to get to 20 feet because I got it to begin with, it was 2 feet high. My area is in San Jose, CA, so the weather here could be cold 30 to 40 degrees F sometimes in the winter.
Some of the flowers on my Little Gem have little light brown bugs like mites. What do you use to treat for those or what should I do?
Mary L on May 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Strong sprays of water can help remove spider mites, if applied on a regular basis.
Insecticidal soap or horticultural oil can be applied, make sure to get the lower and upper leaf surfaces. You may have to apply two or three applications.
This tree will come back every year after winter in Kansas?
Nicanora on Mar 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted my tree, and had 2 blooms, I but mulch around the tree, and I but plant food also. This year it is not
growing , no blooms.

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