Spring blooming trees make a huge impact on defeating the winter blues, and in a competitive house market promise to lure potential buyers straight to your door. When you want a cool weather focal piece in your yard, but are ready to steer toward something more unusual than the common Cherry Tree, here is our suggestion: a magnolia tree. What southern garden is complete without the majestic, fragrant magnolia tree? If you’ve long admired the beauty of magnolias, you’ll be happy to learn that they’re quite easy to grow. And with over 80 species native to North America and Asia, there’s sure to be one that’s right for your yard. Bearing oversized, flamboyant blossoms, magnolias are among the most glamorous of trees.
If you are in love ( like us) with this magnolia tree, but don’t have enough space in your little garden for such a wonderful tree, fortunately we have come across the perfect solution!
This is a delightful compact tree has all the character and charisma of a normal Magnolia but does not grow to the same vast height. This beautiful deciduous shrub has a neat habit making it perfect for growing in small gardens. Magnolia ‘Sunrise’ makes a spectacular feature for a border or large patio container. Height and spread: 1.8m. Plus it can be planted in a large container, so if you move, you can take it with you, too.
With their glorious flowers and dramatic foliage, magnolias are a garden favorite. As you dream about magnolias in your yard, keep in mind that there are many different species and varieties to choose from. They range in size from 20’ to 80’ tall, with both evergreen and deciduous species. View here more info here. You can buy seeds online or plant a young tree ( from here: www.localharvest.org) or you can try going to a nursery and buying a young plant.
Some magnolias do not survive cold temperatures. When buying magnolias, therefore, be sure to select varieties adapted to your area. You can ask a reputable nurseryman in your locality to recommend species or varieties; generally, the plants he has for sale are adapted to your area. You also can ask neighbors which kinds have done well for them, or you can ask your county extension office to recommend species that are adapted to your area. Magnolias have a very unusual root system. Unlike most other trees and shrubs, the roots are largely unbranched and rope-like. For this reason, magnolias tend to suffer more than many other trees if they are moved after they reach a large size. Most magnolias can safely be moved if the trunk is less than four inches in diameter. A very useful article here: www.usna.gov
Take a look at our collection, you will find the White House with a pale pink tulip magnolia tree in bloom. One of the best places in Washington to enjoy this tree blooming (or leafed out and casting shade) is the Moongate Garden of the Smithsonian’s Enid A. Haupt Garden.