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Little Gem Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

$69.95 (14% Off)

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-t- Tree Planting Kit
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.

-t- 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
-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
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

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


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

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53 Reviews
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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 5 years ago
"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
over 2 years ago
Received as described. Already has flower within 1st year.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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 3 years ago
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
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 3 years ago
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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!

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Size and light requirements
Denny T on Dec 18, 2017
I love Magnolia blossoms and really want this tree near my deck to see the flowers while sitting sipping coffee.
Belle D on Nov 8, 2017
Size and light requirements
Denny T on Dec 18, 2017
wanted something I could plant relatively close to the house in my front garden
cathy w on Nov 10, 2017
I love Magnolia blossoms and really want this tree near my deck to see the flowers while sitting sipping coffee.
Belle D on Nov 8, 2017
I choose your service cause of trusted by many tree lovers. i hope my trees will grow tall. Thanks for all the reviews they helped me choosing the website. i cant wait to comment on how well my tress grow.
Jaya Krishna M on Nov 5, 2017
I've been searching for a great deal on the "Little Gem" and I found it. Fragrance, size, and zone friendly.
Keith L on Nov 5, 2017
Nice compact size for landscaping.
PAUL W on Oct 29, 2017
Hardiness and color
Cathy B on Oct 22, 2017
Grows well in Texas . Smells real nice in spring
David D on Oct 19, 2017
Smaller, more manageable Magnolia variety tree
roger r on Oct 18, 2017
Cynthia B on Oct 17, 2017
my favorite tree
Carlita N on Oct 8, 2017
I grew up with magnolias
They block sun to shade my kitchen, smell nice, are drought tolerant, and tend to have low branches
Thomas S on Sep 25, 2017
I have a small yard.
Susan S on Jul 31, 2017
The flowers are very pretty and it can cover a small space on one side of the house where a tree seems to be missing. This is perfect!
Maria M on Jul 29, 2017
Perfect for climate and planting area
Patrick H on Jul 25, 2017
for the smell
JYOTHI P on Jul 23, 2017
It's the perfect tree and size for my needs. I'm waiting to get it before commenting on delivery and quality. Thanks.
Nancy M on Jul 22, 2017
Because the flowers are beautiful and fragants.
Jaime A on Jul 18, 2017
Love the color and being new to Texas I want color!
carolynn f on Jul 17, 2017
I love the smell of Magnolia Blossoms. This Little Gem Magnolia will never reach the size of a Southern Magnolia but the smell of the blossoms will be the same and the blossoms will be low to the ground whereas the So. Mag. blossoms are mainly higher up. I once bought magnolia blossoms in a craft store and decorated my Christmas tree with them, the blossoms are like no other in smell and beauty.
Marcia R on Jul 13, 2017
Hopefully to shade a window outside my dining room window and give some privacy
Paula S on Jul 12, 2017
looks beautiful and adds glamour to yard
Aline H on Jul 6, 2017
local southern tree
Ashley and Braden M on Jul 5, 2017
perfect for my garden, smaller tree, thinner tree, beautiful leaves and flowers, and will grow in my zone.
Patricia S on Jun 24, 2017
Because they are beautiful trees
Brittany B on Jun 15, 2017
Size Limit. Hardy ind popular in our area.
Richard B on Jun 6, 2017
Landscape designer suggested these
Lawrence P on May 24, 2017
I love magnolias and saw one at the golf course so I looked it up and ordered it
Joan W on May 23, 2017
Looks the most apropiated for my needs
Ricardo v on May 19, 2017
Had Good experience with this company before;
Hope to grow these little gems -to beautiful tall flowering trees
Prakash N on May 18, 2017
I just built a new house and need landscaping. I've always wanted a magnolia tree and this was a great size and price.
Steven S on May 15, 2017
It's a magnolia!!!
Deborah O on May 8, 2017
I like tree
Manton B on May 5, 2017
Big blooms
Patrick B on May 4, 2017
Have been wanting 1 for years.
Theresa D on Apr 30, 2017
Little Gem Magnolia is just a gorgeous tree that makes any landscape look beautiful..give it some curb appeal !!
John C on Apr 28, 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
wanted something I could plant relatively close to the house in my front garden
cathy w on Nov 10, 2017
I choose your service cause of trusted by many tree lovers. i hope my trees will grow tall. Thanks for all the reviews they helped me choosing the website. i cant wait to comment on how well my tress grow.
Jaya Krishna M on Nov 5, 2017
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.
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.
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
BEST ANSWER: They will in part shade.
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.
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.
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 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)
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 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.
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.
Does it do well in windy areas?
rose s on Nov 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is a sturdy tree.
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'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'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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the best time to plant a little magnolia tree in zone 7?
Arneid on Jul 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water. The best time to plant is in the fall, six weeks before the first frost so your tree can get rooted into the ground before winter, or in the spring six weeks after the final frost, giving it time to become established before summer heat sets in. Keep in mind that planting during the summer still gives your tree enough time to get rooted in before the winter.
Can this magnolia survive in a pot? I realize it won't get big in a pot, but can it live? I want to purchase for my friend who will be moving in a couple years.
Emily K on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine has survived in a pot for almost two years. Finally got it in the ground last week. Still thriving but not as big as it could have been.
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.
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
The leaves look like it could be evergreen does it keep it's leaves in winter?
Diane G on Jan 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It does keep its leaves. I live near St. Louis and even with this harsh winter my two little Magnolias kept all of their leaves.
Will this tree do well if I buy it right now, and we live in Texas? We don't really have a hard Christmas usually
Shayyflora on Sep 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm in New Mexico and cold winter, not extremely cold but very windy. My tree is two years this year I planted it late spring, and it handled the windy weather great. I got my first two flowers this year
when should this tree be planted Daytona Beach Florida?
Eva B on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water. The best time to plant is in the fall, six weeks before the first frost so your tree can get rooted into the ground before winter, or in the spring six weeks after the final frost, giving it time to become established before summer heat sets in. Keep in mind that planting during the summer still gives your tree enough time to get rooted in before the winter.

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