Missouri Botanical Garden

Magnolias for small gardens

Summer times approaching and we're going to talk about how to transplant a very young magnolia tree. You can plant a tree at all different shapes or forms or sizes

Name Advantages Disadvantages

Magnolia 'Ann'

Large rosy-purple flowers.
Decorative dark-green foliage.
Good hardiness (can be grown all over the US).
Appropriate for small and medium gardens.
A late frost can hurt this magnolia.
Almost never rebloom.
The intense of small is low.

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

Vigorous growth.
It blooms second time in late summer.
Amazing purple-red flowers.
Easy to care.
Good heat and frost tolerance.
Medium size.
Needs to be pruned.
Needs regular watering.
Can be damaged by pests.

Magnolia 'Genie'

Have big purple-red flowers with many petals.
The compact size makes it appropriate for small and medium gardens.
Sometimes but not always bloom a second time in a year.
Good tolerance of high temperatures.
Medium tolerance to low temperatures.
Flowers can be affected by strong wind.
Needs fertilizing every year.

Magnolia Teddy Bear

The compact growth habit makes this magnolia ideal for a small yard.
Large, light pink flowers with a bicolor effect.
Good hardiness allows it to grow throughout most of the United States.
Due to its early flowering it is susceptible to late frosts.
It never blooms again, although many magnolias often do.
Needs protective spraying against disease.

Magnolia 'Sunsation'

The large yellow flowers look stunningly unusual.
The excellent hardiness makes this magnolia resistant to all climates and late frosts.
Tolerant to both full sun and semi-shade.
It is of medium size among magnolias so needs annual pruning.
Badly tolerates high alkaline soil.
Needs extra watering in hot weather.

Magnolia 'Susan'

Flowers with a two-color effect. One part of the petal is light pink, the other part bright purple-pink.
Almost never affected by late frosts.
It blooms repeatedly in the second half of summer.
Compact size.
Needs a sheltered location in the northern states.
Needs protection from insect pests.
Needs additional fertilizer for good flowering.

Magnolia 'Vulcan'

Huge flowers of deep red color.
Suitable for a small yard.
Excellent resistance to heat.
Can be damaged by April or May frosts.
Too trashy plant (wilted flowers).

Magnolia × loebneri 'Encore'

Large white flowers with a pink hue. Very generous blooms. The flowers are gathered in clusters.
The small size and bushy shape make this magnolia suitable for medium to small gardens.
Excellent cold and heat tolerance.
Flowers can sometimes be damaged by April frosts.
Repeated flowering is very rare.
Needs regular watering and fertilizing in the first years of life.

Magnolia × loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

Beautiful long bicolor petals.
Good tolerance of different types of soil.
Good hardiness.
This magnolia is of medium size so needs regular pruning.
Spring flowers may suffer from late frost.
It needs to be treated for pests from time to time.

Magnolia × soulangeana 'Lennei' (Saucer Magnolia)

The flowers have a bright two-color effect.
Excellent heat tolerance, it can be grown in southern shrubs.
Has large ornamental foliage which gives the plant more value.
Re-blooming magnolia.
Has relatively small flowers compared to other magnolias.
Medium hardiness. Not suitable for growing in some northern states.
Medium sized magnolia, needs shortening.

Magnolia × soulangeana 'Lilliputian' (Saucer Magnolia)

This variety has a very small size and is suitable not only for a small garden but also for growing in a container.
The flowers are creamy pink with very prominent veins on the petals.
It is a very fragrant magnolia and few can compare to it in this respect.
Unfortunately it does not re-bloom, whereas many other magnolias re-bloom.
It can be damaged by late frosts.
Needs frequent watering in the first few years after planting.

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' (Southern Magnolia)

A very popular magnolia and as a result it is easy to find on sale at an affordable price.
Large milky white flowers with broad but few petals.
It has a large, shiny, dark green leaf. This is undoubtedly another ornamental advantage of this variety.
This magnolia is medium sized as a result it needs to be pruned regularly.
It has a poor tolerance to low temperatures. It can be grown no further north than the 7 USDA hardiness zone.

Magnolia sieboldii Colossus

A marvelous pure white color of the petals.
A long flowering period.
Very compact size.
Flowers have a small size compared to the flowers of other varieties.
Medium frost tolerance.
Not capable of reblooming.

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

Compact size and beautiful oval shape.
The very long petals are bright red with a cherry hue.
This magnolia is capable of repeated flowering. Very often it blooms a second time in late summer.
Late blooming. This avoids damage from spring frosts.
It has a faint intensity of fragrance.
Needs regular fertilizing.

Magnolia sieboldii (Oyama Magnolia)

Beautiful white flowers with a dark red center.
Compact size.
Excellent tolerance to high temperatures.
Easy care.
Vigorous growth.
Medium tolerance to low temperatures.
No repeat flowering.
Needs to be corrected for shape.

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial' (Star Magnolia)

Long light pink petals.
Excellent frost resistance.
Slow growth rate.
A medium sized magnolia. Needs some pruning to keep in a small garden.
Faint fragrance during flowering.
Poor tolerance to alkaline soil.

Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt' (Star Magnolia)

Very lush flowers with long light pink petals. A huge number of petals.
Small size. No need for pruning.
Large beautiful leaves.
A small flower size.
Can be damaged by late frost.
Unfortunately this magnolia very rarely reblooms.

Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' (Star Magnolia)

A very common variety as a result it is very easy to get.
Beautiful white flowers with a large number of petals.
Can overwinter in almost all hardy zones.
Medium size so requires some pruning in a small yard.
Late frosts can damage this magnolia.

Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson' MOONGLOW

Beautiful large flowers with spoon-like petals.
It blooms again in the summer.
Large bright green leaves with gloss.
It's a medium sized magnolia, so you have to shorten it every year if you have a small garden.
Medium tolerance to heat.
Needs watering.

Magnolia 'Bracken’s Brown Beauty'

Excellent frost and heat resistance.
Late flowering, almost never damaged by spring frosts.
Tolerates full sun.
Medium size, needs pruning.
Rarely reblooms.

Personally I love to start with a nice young tree and today we're talking about a Magnolia called 'Bracken’s Brown Beauty'. This is a fine fine specimen of a plant and when you're looking to plant a young tree one of the most important things is a really nice straight tall central leader. That's exactly what we have with 'Bracken’s Brown Beauty' here.

Turn her upside down carefully tap the can and slide her off. Turn her over holding the bottom of the root ball and place it to the pre-prepared hole not too deep not too shallow. The level of the soil should coincide with the original soil of the root ball. Organic mix this is really important, carefully backfilling the organic soil with a little bit of the native soil into the hole.

Some slow-release fertilizer gently sprinkling around the plant. This ensures that when the roots start to grow they'll find food. Continue the backfilling process lots of organic soil this is really good because it's going to hold the moisture. We leave a little well and the well is important because this is going to hold the moisture around the root ball. Ffinally a little more fertilizer cover it over with the organic mulch give the plant a good drink.