- Fragrant, creamy white flowers
- Broad-leafed evergreen
- Iconic southern tree
- Grows to 60' to 80', 40' spread
- Zones 6 to 10
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 6 - 10
The Southern Magnolia can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Southern Magnolia falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees
60' - 80' High
The Southern Magnolia grows to be 60' - 80' feet in height.
The Southern Magnolia has a spread of about 40' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This magnolia does well in full sun, partial shade.
The Southern Magnolia grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
This magnolia has oval, pyramidal shape.
The Southern Magnolia is a bottomland tree in its natural habitat throughout the coastal plains of the deep south. Its green leaves brighten the landscape throughout the year and its large white flowers are striking, not only for their beauty but for their rich fragrance. It is the state tree of Mississippi.
The Southern Magnolia fruits are eaten by squirrels, rabbits, & birds, including wild turkey.
Magnolias are entwined with the history of the south. Perhaps the one reaching back the farthest into time is a Southern Magnolia that still grows in what today is Washington State Park in Washington, Arkansas. According to "Famous and Historic Trees," by Charles E. Randall and Henry Clepper, this tree was planted near an important road junction in 1839 by Gen. Grandison D. Royston. It was near a blacksmith shop where Jim Bowie fashioned his famous knife. Some call it the Jones Magnolia because two unrelated boys were born to Jones families the same year the tree was planted. Both became Colonels in the Confederate army and one, Daniel W. Jones, eventually became Governor of Arkansas. The other, James K. Jones, became a U.S. senator. Both laid claim to being the namesake of the tree and James finally resolved the good-natured debate by purchasing the land the tree stood on and making his home there for over 30 years. Another historic specimen grows on the White House grounds. It was transplanted by President Andrew Jackson from his home in Nashville, Tennessee in memory of his beloved wife, Rachel.
Can withstand some flooding and has moderate drought tolerance.
The leaves are evergreen, 5 to 10 inches long and leathery. They are a lustrous dark green on top with a soft, rusty underside.
Creamy white flowers, solitary and extremely large, sometimes up to 12 inches in diameter.
May through June, with some blossoms throughout the summer months..
The fruit is elongated, 3 to 8 inches long. Attracts birds and has some litter effect.
Large, creamy white and exceptionally fragrant flowers grace this broad-leafed evergreen in late spring and early summer. Leaves are shiny green, with a reddish tone underneath. For best results, protect from winter winds and sun in northern areas. Grows to 60' to 80', with a 40' spread. (Zones 6-10)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.