Flowering Magnolia Tree Facts
If you live in a warm climate, chances are you’ve run into magnolia trees. Their large flowers are unmistakable and undeniably beautiful. If you’re looking to add some interest to your landscape, this tree is certainly a great option to consider. However, like any other species of flora, before you plant one, familiarizing yourself with the tree is a smart idea.
Flowering Magnolia Tree Facts
Below, you’ll find a collection of interesting Flowering Magnolia Tree Facts that will help you determine if it’s the right tree for your yard.
Types of Magnolia Trees
Magnolia is a very diverse genus of plants, as it exists in both tree and shrub form. There are several different types of magnolias, including both evergreen and deciduous (depending on where they grow), and some are traditional upright trees that can grow rather large in size, while others are shrub-like plants. Some of the most common types of magnolia include:
- Anise tree
- Bigleaf tree
- Cucumber tree
- Magnolia ashei (more commonly known as “Ashe’s magnolia) tree or shrub
- Lily tree or shrub
- Kobus tree
- Star tree
- Loebner tree (a hybrid of the Kobus and the star magnolia)
And then there’s the quintessential magnolia, the southern magnolia tree.
Flowering magnolia trees and shrubs are hardy in zones 4 through 9. As such, they can thrive in both warm-weather climates, such as the south of the U.S., as well as colder climates, such as New England. The zone in which the magnolia is planted in will determine if it is an evergreen or deciduous; evergreen magnolia can be found in the Southern U.S., while deciduous varieties can flourish as far north as Maine.
The bloom time for the flowering magnolia tree depends on the type, and more importantly, where it is growing. The flowers of the deciduous magnolia open early during the spring season, before the leaves emerge, while evergreen varieties bloom between the spring and summer seasons. Sometimes, they can re-bloom in the summer or early part of the fall, too.
Other Interesting Facts
Some additional interesting facts about the flowering magnolia tree or shrub include the following:
- The leaves on all varieties are dark green in color, oval-shaped, and feature a waxy-like substance.
- The bark is brownish or grayish in color. During its youth, the bark is smooth, but as it ages, the bark becomes coarser.
- The flowers can range in size from 1.5 inches to 3 inches across and features as many as 18 tepals.
- Magnolia flowers consist of both the male and female reproductive systems.
- The color of the bloom depends on the species, but colors include white, light pink, yellow, purple, and even green.
- The scent is similar to tropical fruit.
- Most magnolias can tolerate moderate drought and hot conditions once they are established; however when they should be watered regularly when they are young.
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