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Magnolia 'Butterflies'


Regarded as one of the earliest and finest yellow-flowered Magnolias, Magnolia 'Butterflies' is an upright, pyramidal, deciduous shrub or tree of breathtaking beauty when in full bloom. Masses of tulip-shaped, rich canary yellow flowers, 4-5 in. across (10-13 cm), appear in mid spring before the new leaves unfurl. Held upright, each sunny bloom is adorned with red stamens and counts up to 10-16 tepals. Rich of a lemon fragrance, the flowers bloom profusely, literally smothering the naked branches, for about 7-9 days. After the tepals have fallen, the foliage of oblong-elliptic, dark green leaves, emerges and remains attractive throughout the growing season. Thriving in both the cold and the heat, 'Butterflies' may be cultivated as a small tree or a multi-stemmed shrub. In all scenarios, it will add outstanding interest to the spring landscape, in your flower beds, as a border plant or grown as a flowering tree or hedge.

'Butterflies' is a hybrid Magnolia resulting from a cross between M. acuminata and M. denudata.

  • Grows with an upright, pyramidal habit up to 25-30 ft. tall (7-9 m) and 10-15 ft. wide (3-5 m)
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in consistently moist, slightly acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Neutral to slightly alkaline soils are also suitable for growth. Magnolias are adaptable to clay, loam or sandy soils, but most grow poorly in wet or poorly drained soils. Provide a site sheltered from cold, dry winds as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds too.
  • May be attacked by capsid bug, snails, horse chestnut scale, coral spot, gray mould, honey fungus.
  • Spectacular as specimen plant for dramatic spring blooms. Great flowering tree for city gardens or cottage gardens.
  • Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf
  • Deciduous Magnolias are best planted when dormant, in late fall or winter in warmer climates and early spring in cold climates. Evergreen magnolias are best planted in early spring. For the first 6 to 12 months after planting, both types will benefit from mulch and regular irrigation during warm or dry weather.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid)
Height 25' – 30' (7.5m – 9m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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