Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

Compact Magnolias for Early Spring Blooms

by Charlie Nardozzi


Magnolia trees are popular for their flowers, which bloom in late winter or early spring. The trees are majestic and the flowers are colorful, with a unique sweet fragrance. However, many magnolia species are too large to grow in a small yard. From New Zealand comes a new line of compact magnolias that produce fragrant flowers with an unusual shape. Evergreen Fairy magnolias are hardy to USDA zone 7 (zone 6 with winter protection). Fairy magnolia 'Blush' grows just 9 to 12 feet tall and wide at maturity and in spring produces fragrant flowers that start out blushed pink and then fade to white. The flower's shape is more reminiscent of flowering crabapples than typical magnolias. Masses of flowers are produced along each stem. The Fairy magnolia grows best in part to full sun on well-drained soils. They look great as a specimen plant or can be pruned into a hedge, espalier, or topiary.

For more information on this new magnolia; go to: Anthony Tesselaar Plants .

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