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Magnolias

Prized worldwide for their showy, fragrant flowers and attractive forms, Magnolias can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, all adding breathtaking beauty in the spring or summer garden when in full bloom. Some are extremely cold-hardy (Star Magnolia) while others prefer more temperate climates (Southern Magnolia). Give them some sun and a rich, well-drained soil and they will become one of the glories of your garden.


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Anise Magnolia (Magnolia salicifolia)

Native to Japan, Magnolia salicifolia, also known as Anise Magnolia or Willow-Leafed Magnolia, is a medium-sized deciduous tree with scented, white flowers in early spring.

Loebner Magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri)

Loebner Magnolia is the hybrid result of a cross between Magnolia kobus and Magnolia stellata. It is a deciduous small tree with star-like white flowers in early to mid spring.

Magnolia 'Ann'

Perfect for small gardens, Magnolia 'Ann' is a slow-growing deciduous shrub or small tree with slightly fragrant reddish-purple flowers in mid to late spring. Chalice-shaped, the blossoms, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), count 6-8 erect tepals, purple-red on the outside and fading to pale pink inside.

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Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

One of the darkest purple Magnolias, 'Black Tulip' is an elegant deciduous shrub or small tree with fragrant, deep burgundy, tulip-shaped flowers. Blooming in early spring before the foliage emerges, the magnificent, goblet-shaped blossoms are opulent, large, 6 in. across (15 cm), heavily-textured and create one of the most beautiful sights when in bloom.

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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.

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Magnolia 'Daybreak'

Delightfully fragrant, award-winning Magnolia 'Daybreak' is a small deciduous tree adorned with a profusion of rose-pink flowers in mid to late spring. Emerging with a light green cast, the large flowers, up to 10 in. across (25 cm), count 8 splayed-out tepals which are lighter on the inside.

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Magnolia 'Elizabeth'

Regarded as one of the best yellow-flowered Magnolias, award-winning Magnolia 'Elizabeth' is a deciduous pyramidal tree of breathtaking beauty when in full bloom.

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Magnolia 'Galaxy'

Unique in form and flower, award-winning Magnolia 'Galaxy' is a small deciduous tree adorned with a profusion of dark pink flowers in mid spring. Opening from deep red-purple buds, the slightly fragrant, large flowers, 8 in. across (20 cm), count 12 tepals, light pinkish-purple outside, paler rose within.

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Magnolia 'Genie'

Perfect for small gardens, Magnolia 'Genie' is a compact, small, deciduous tree with incredibly eye-catching scented blossoms in mid spring. Opening from black-red buds, the rich maroon-purple, tulip-shaped flowers are opulent, large, 6 in. across (15 cm), and count up to 6-12 tepals with nicely reflexed tips paling to light magenta rose.

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Magnolia 'Gold Star'

Hardy, award-winning Magnolia 'Gold Star' is a small to medium, upright, deciduous tree with star-shaped, scented, creamy-yellow flowers in early to mid-spring. Each luminous flower, 4 in. across (10 cm), counts up to 14 long and narrow tepals. The overall effect of these many tepals being that of a starburst.

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Magnolia 'Hot Flash'

Vigorous and fast-growing, Magnolia 'Hot Flash' is a deciduous tree with masses of upright, rich yellow flowers with very narrow tepals flushed rose-pink at the base. The blooms appear in mid to late spring as the new leaves begin to unfurl.

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Magnolia 'Ivory Chalice'

Magnolia 'Ivory Chalice' is a large deciduous shrub or small tree with exquisite, upright, chalice-shaped, ivory flowers, 6 in. across (15 cm), in late winter or early spring. Fragrant, the blooms appear on naked branches, before the leaves unfurl.

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Magnolia 'Pinkie'

Perfect for small gardens, Magnolia 'Pinkie' is a compact, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with abundant blossoms in mid to late spring. It produces masses of large, cup-shaped flowers, 7-8 in. across (18 cm), with up to 9-12 broad tepals, reddish-purple at their base fading to pale pink at their tips and white on the inside.

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Magnolia 'Solar Flair'

Magnolia 'Solar Flair' is a deciduous tree with masses of upright, deep yellow flowers in early spring. Each luminous flower, 5 in. across (13 cm), is tinged rosy-pink at the base. The blooms are borne on leafless branches, since they emerge before the new leaves begin to unfurl.

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Magnolia 'Spectrum'

A sister seedling of Magnolia 'Galaxy', award-winning Magnolia 'Spectrum' is a small to medium-sized conical tree adorned with a profusion of huge, tulip-shaped, dark pink flowers in mid to late spring.

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Magnolia 'Star Wars'

Incredibly beautiful, award-winning Magnolia 'Star Wars' is a small deciduous tree or large shrub adorned with a profusion of huge, fragrant, rosy-pink flowers in mid to late spring. Each blossom, up to 11 in. across (28 cm), counts 12 tepals that splay out gracefully as the flower matures.

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Magnolia 'Sunsation'

Offering a rich color blend, Magnolia 'Sunsation' is a deciduous tree with masses of upright, golden yellow flowers with a rosy-purple blushed base in mid to late spring. Each sunny flower is quite large, 7 in. across (17 cm). The blooms are borne on leafless branches, as they emerge before the new leaves begin to unfurl.

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Magnolia 'Susan'

Perfect for small gardens, Magnolia 'Susan' is a slow-growing deciduous shrub or small tree with fragrant reddish-purple flowers in mid to late spring. Narrow goblet-shaped, the blossoms, up to 5 in. across (12 cm), count 6 slightly twisted tepals, purple-red on the outside and paler inside.

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Magnolia 'Vulcan'

One of the darkest red Magnolias, 'Vulcan' is a striking deciduous shrub or small, elegant tree with rich, ruby-red flowers. Blooming in early or mid spring before the foliage emerges, the magnificent, cup-and-saucer-shaped blossoms are huge, 10-12 in. across (25-30 cm), heavily-textured and create one of the most beautiful sights when in bloom.

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Magnolia 'Yellow Bird'

Regarded as one of the best yellow-flowered Magnolias, Magnolia 'Yellow Bird' is an upright, conical to pyramidal, deciduous shrub or tree of breathtaking beauty when in full bloom. Masses of goblet-shaped, lemon-yellow flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), appear in late spring as the new leaves emerge.

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Magnolia denudata 'Forrest's Pink' (Yulan Magnolia)

Hardy and incredibly pretty, Magnolia denudata 'Forrest's Pink' is a small deciduous tree with exquisite, bubble gum pink flowers, flushed deeper pink at the base of their tepals. Upright and cup-shaped when borne, the fragrant flowers, 4-8 in. long (10-20 cm), gracefully open their 9-11 tepals as they mature, resembling lilies.

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Magnolia denudata 'Yellow River' (Yulan Magnolia)

A new variety from China, Magnolia denudata 'Yellow River' also known as 'Fei Huang', is a small deciduous tree with exquisite, sweetly fragrant, buttery-yellow flowers. Upright and goblet-shaped when borne, the large flowers, 6 in. long (15 cm), gracefully open their tepals as they mature, resembling lilies.

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Magnolia denudata (Yulan Magnolia)

Regarded as one of the most beautiful Magnolias, award-winning Magnolia denudata, also called Yulan Magnolia or Lily Tree, is a large deciduous shrub or small tree whose exquisite flowers were a gift worthy of an emperor in ancient China.

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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

Perfect for small gardens, Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' is a spreading deciduous shrub or small deciduous tree of rounded habit with deep lustrous green leaves and slightly fragrant, dark reddish-purple flowers in late spring. Narrowly tulip-shaped, the upright blossoms, up to 5 in. long (12 cm), count 9-18 tepals, purple-red on the outside, opening to reveal pale purple insides.

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