Magnolias come in a range of flower colors and sizes.
The two most common in the landscape are Star Magnolia Magnolia stellata, which has a white flower,
and Saucer Magnolia Magnolia soulangiana, which has a pale purple flower.
Many more cultivated varieties exist which include a yellow, Butterflies Magnolia Magnolia x. ‘Butterflies”, Magnolia x. loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’,
Magnolia x. loebneri ‘Merril’.
Magnolias can grow as a single stem tree form, which can reach 30 feet,
or a small specimen tree that can be kept at 10 feet through pruning. Magnolias also come in a multi-stemmed small tree or shrub form.
The magnolias as a group are free from cultural problems except for an occasional outbreak of magnolia scale.
The one drawback as a group is because they flower so early; they can occasionally be burned by a frost, which will damage the flowers. But the solution is look to the ‘girl’ hybrids which bloom later:
Magnolia x. ‘Blushing Belle’ – large pink-white flowers
Magnolia x ’Ann’ – Red –purple flowers
Magnolia x. ‘Betty’ – Purple-red flowers
By using varieties that bloom later, they tend be less susceptible to frost damage.
Take a look……………Magnolias are ‘MAGNIFICENT’