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Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora

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



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

Mature Height:

40-80 ft.

Mature Width:

30-40 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Spacing:

30-40 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Great

Botanical Name:

Magnolia grandiflora

Does Not Ship To:

AZ



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A True Southern Gem

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.





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The magnolia arrived on time and in very good condition. It is growing into a nice tree. I recommend FGT to all my friends
January 1, 2013
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over 5 years ago
This tree has done great, it has been in the ground 6 months and is growing very well. Arrived healthy and packed well
January 1, 2013
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over 5 years ago
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Love the Southern Magnolia
I live in Eastern Washington (not green -- desert territory and farms), I love the Southern Magnolias I saw in Washington DC. I ordered it, even though we don't truly have the best climate for it. It showed up at 5' tall, with a stick/stand wrapped to the tree, it was in excellent condition.
I water it well, it has grown a few inches in a month. I love it. It hasn't blossomed (too young), but I look forward to years of enjoyment, and am ordering a few more to plant.
August 5, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
our tree drops 6''+ long pine cones all year long & in fall some birds like to eat the red cone berries & the cones compost quickly you can burn them but the leaves are waxy & don't burn well & so far not many have dropped & it's a great shade tree
January 1, 2013
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Waiting
Looks good but wanted an older tree because these are slow growing. Nonetheless got a good tree at a fair price
July 30, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
very nice tree.
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 4 years ago
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Tender
 
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Southern Magnolia
Exceptional service, tree looks great also. We planted it about two weeks ago in a sunny spot, looks like it grew already.
September 21, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
Hardiness
Tender
 
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beautiful little tree
I recently purchased this beautiful tree. It arrived looking very healthy with many leaves. I live in S Utah and it is very hot in August. I was worried that it wouldn't survive but it is doing so good. I don't know about the growth rate yet. Very pleased that I bought it.
August 16, 2015
Ivins, UT
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
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Tender
 
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Labrador Retriever'mom
Beautiful Tree, Doing Well, I like it being an evergreen tree, can't wait till this tree grows larger.
May 4, 2016
Johnson City, TN
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.


Questions & Answers

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I chose the Southern Magnolia as part of a birthday gift for my husband. He has planted it in the front yard along with his gardenias and winter berries.
Stacey J on Apr 22, 2017
Best deal, best price, excellent products
Linda C on Apr 17, 2017
I chose the Southern Magnolia as part of a birthday gift for my husband. He has planted it in the front yard along with his gardenias and winter berries.
Stacey J on Apr 22, 2017
I am planting this tree in honor of my mother for Mother's Day. My mother loved magnolia blooms.
Jack B on Apr 18, 2017
Best deal, best price, excellent products
Linda C on Apr 17, 2017
I'm a southerner, we live magnolia.
James B on Apr 15, 2017
I've always wanted a magnolia Went to buy one today check three different places There were none to find Decided to order. Thank you
Kay h on Apr 14, 2017
my mother always had a magnolia tree, reminded me of her
N Jayne N on Mar 25, 2017
Privacy tree to block view. Also my grandmother has them so I wanted them too. Beautiful trees!
Natasha W on Mar 19, 2017
Beautiful and Need Privacy
Erin M on Mar 19, 2017
Smell and beauty
David C on Mar 17, 2017
I just love the look of the leaves as well as the flowers on a southern magnolia tree. Will make a great addition to my front yard!
Jimmy J on Mar 6, 2017
beautiful tree
Gary E A on Mar 5, 2017
large flowers all summer
roy c on Feb 4, 2017
We chose this plant as it grown well in the south and is beautiful
James M on Dec 28, 2016
A replacement for one that perished and in memory of my Mother.
Ginny T on Oct 19, 2016
My favorite
John A on Oct 10, 2016
Because of the beauty of the thick and waxy leaves and the parfume I'd the flowers
Maria de la Luz G on Oct 6, 2016
This majestic evergreen adds beauty to the landscape year round. Best of all, the rich green leaves are stunning in holiday arrangements.
Robin A on Mar 31, 2016
Looking for something that provides good shade and will tolerate the SoCal heat and drought. Our neighbors have one and it seems to be doing really well, so I'm getting one for the front yard and one for the back!
Owen W on Sep 28, 2015
I love magnolia trees
Lisa O on Sep 26, 2015
I have a little gem & have always been jealous of my parents southern
Kimberly P on Sep 24, 2015
a gift for our groom to be, he wanted a tree,so we are giving him one. the wedding is in November.
HENRY M on Sep 11, 2015
This is a tree that we have wanted for years. We think it will be beautiful and provide privacy between us and a neighbor.
Terry V on Sep 7, 2015
Absolutely love the smell every spring! And it is an evergreen! Hate 'naked' (:) trees in the winter.
Twila O on Sep 1, 2015
My father loved them
robin p on Aug 20, 2015
I am planting this tree in honor of my mother for Mother's Day. My mother loved magnolia blooms.
Jack B on Apr 18, 2017
I'm a southerner, we live magnolia.
James B on Apr 15, 2017
I received a 5 ft Southern Magnolia for a Christmas gift and want to place it in my Houston yard near the street. How far should it be placed from the driveway and cement road, and must I wait until after Valentines Day to plant?
Mary N on Jan 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Southern Magnolias get large, and so do their roots, which will grow beyond the canopy of the tree. You should plant your tree 25-35 feet from any pavement. It can be planted year round, though it will need a bit extra water if planted in the summer.
When is the best time to plant them and how far apart if you are planting around 6 of the?
Kay W on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Magnolias can be planted anytime of the year, though they will require more water if planted in summer, and I would avoid planting when the temperature is over 90 degrees. They need plenty of space; you should allow at least 15 to 20 feet between the trees, depending on how far up you want them to grow together.
Do Magnolia trees grow from seeds or cuttings??
BARBARA W on Mar 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would get a sapling to make sure. They grow from seeds. "National Audubon Society Field Guide to Trees." The bright red seeds occur on long follicles up to 8 inches in length, splitting open in the fall. The bark is dark gray and smooth on young trees, developing furrows as the magnolia gets old.
We just bought a home in SC, but still live in NY until we can move in Jan 2016. My question is, if I plant a southern Magnolia now, and go back to NY for a few weeks, will it be ok if I am not here to water it daily? I would love to plant some and get them established, but I am afraid to plant before we are here every day. Can you please tell me if I should wait until next spring to be on the safe side?
Charlotte B on Mar 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Wait until next Spring, needs watering the first year or two. Every week for its first two growing seasons, a magnolia needs 5 to 8 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter. Welcome to the South and our sister state. I'm in NC.
how long does it take for this 4-5 ft. Magnolia to bloom?
Magnolia on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I ordered 2 last fall and got them in the ground as soon as I received them. They are now in full bloom. Even one that had it's top ripped off in a major storm.
my husband planted tree very close to the house. can magnolia tree roots grow into foundation?
mary ann b on Aug 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would plant the Southern Magnolia at least 30ft from the house.
I live in coastal southern california, technically zone 10. I like the features of this tree, but have seen you rate it only to zone 9. Will it work here? Also, how invasive are the roots? I plan to plant it near a sidewalk and worry about lifting concrete.
TTONE on Aug 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Zone 10 heat is just a little to warm for these beautiful trees.
will it 's survived in pennsylvania , zone6 ?
phuong h. h on Jun 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is hardy only to zone 7, so won't survive your Pennsylvania winters. However, the Little Gem Magnolia, which is a miniature Southern Magnolia, is hardy to zone 5, and should grow in your area.
Can a magnolia tree grow in MN???
June L on Feb 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: im not sure-- i planted one 5 years ago- grew and bloomed the first year-- fast growing trees stock is first rate nursery plants!-- deers killed it over the winter by rubbing their antlers on it and stripping the bark-- got another one again it grew and bloomed the first year-- i surrounded it with fencing to protect it from the deers-- it died to the ground from the cold over the winter, although my neighbors have them and there are some around town and they made it through the winter fine-- i got another one and planted it in a big pot - put it in the garage over the winter- maybe it needs to develop a strong root system before it can survive-- also when i plant it out i will put it in a place where it is shielded from the strong winter winds-- doing fine in the garage with the camellias i purchased from fast growing trees (also deer victims)-- - so with those caveats id say its a challenge -- everything else I've purchased from fast growing trees (cherry,magnolias, lilacs and a persimmon) are growing fine -- and are getting ready to bloom again- good luck
Do u ship to singapore? How much would shipping cost?
Agnes on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately we only ship inside the United States.
Does the Southern Magnolia grow and/or do well in Boynton Beach Fl?
Mike T on Aug 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The temperatures there are a little too hot for what is recommended for this tree.
Can you prune the southern magnolia in growing zone 8 to keep it from getting so large?
Amanda on Apr 3, 2017

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