Our Feb Focus on Evergreen Magnolia

Our evergreen Magnolia stock is looking particularly fabulous! But which one is best for your design or landscaping project?

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We've coined this month Febnolia! Our evergreen Magnolia stock is looking particularly fabulous! It copes well with direct sun, even in this heat, and is tolerant of many soil types. With a number of sizes available from 1m to 3m tall, evergreen Magnolia is perfect for so many planting situations.

But which variety is best for which situation? From tallest in height, below is our quick guide to evergreen Magnolia selection. 

Magnolia grandiflora 'Exmouth'

  • 12m tall x 6m wide
  • Original & tallest in range
  • Flowers are larger than Magnolia 'Little Gem' but less prolific
  • Good as a feature tree

Magnolia grandiflora 'Coolwyn Gloss' PBR

  • 10m tall x 8m wide
  • Biggest leaf in the range
  • Glossier leaf than others here
  • Tends to grows quicker than others here
  • Massive flowers but few in number when young
  • Good as a feature tree

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

  • 6m tall x 3m wide
  • Prolific flowerer
  • Still the yardstick for flowering ability
  • Ascending branches
  • Compact look
  • Good for screening or as a feature tree

Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'

  • 4m tall x 3m wide
  • Deeper brown underside
  • Larger flowers but less in number
  • Ascending branches
  • Compact look
  • Good for screening

Magnolia grandiflora 'Teddy Bear' PBR

  • 4m tall x 3m wide
  • Roundest leaf in the range
  • Compact, tight form
  • Fills space very well
  • Flowers are average size but less in number than 'Little Gem' & 'Kay Parris'
  • Good feature tree or screen in time/


... And these 'new school' grandiflora varieties - all available in 40cm 

Magnolia grandiflora 'Sweet Carolina' PBR

  • 4m tall x 2.5m wide
  • New variety
  • Burgundy new growth
  • Abundant flowering in spring & summer
  • Lighter brown underside
  • Great for feature, larger screen or trimmed hedge

Magnolia grandiflora 'Sweet 'n' Neat' PBR

  • 3m tall x 2m wide
  • New variety
  • Grows full and compact
  • Flowers through summer and autumn
  • Great for feature, screen or trimmed hedge

Magnolia grandiflora 'Sweet Spire' PBR

  • 3m tall x 1.2m wide
  • New variety
  • Grows slim & upright
  • dark green foliage
  • brown underside
  • Flowers in summer & autumn
  • Great for narrow screens


...And while we are here, don't forget these evergreen Michelia forms

Magnolia doltsopa x laevifolia 'Inspiration'

  • 4m tall x 3m wide
  • Medium green leaves
  • Dense habit
  • Sweet scent to bright white flowers
  • Good for feature tree or scented screen

Magnolia figo x laevifolia 'White Caviar'

  • 4m x 2m wide
  • Narrow form & dense habit
  • Sweet scent to white cupped flowers
  • Good for feature tree or scented screen

06/02/2019 Trees in focus


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