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Native to southeast Ohio Deer-resistant
Native to eastern United States Likes full sun
Native to North America Likes shade
Edible for humans Evergreen or wintergreen
Pollinator-friendly plant Suitable for wet sites

Our magnolia collection is offered in two parts. First is our selection of native magnolias. We offer every magnolia native to North America except for Magnolia pyrimidata (Magnolia fraseri subspecies pyrimidata), because it is not reliably hardy this far north.

Browse our collection. There are so many great magnolias!


NATIVE MAGNOLIA COLLECTION


Magnolia acuminata - cucumbertree magnolia: 3 gallon

The largest of all magnolias, and one that is harvested for lumber - a fast-growing tree that needs space. An attractive shade tree with large leaves. Inconspicuous yellow flowers in spring, followed by showy red gherkin-shaped fruit in late summer. Plant in deep, moist acidic soil. Grows 40'-70' with a trunk that can reach five feet in diameter.

Magnolia acuminata "Koban Dori" - Koban Dori magnolia: 3 gallon

A selection of the cucumbertree with bright yellow flowers.

Magnolia ashei - Ashe magnolia: 3 gallon
NOTE: Not ready until midsummer.

A shrub or small tree very similar to bigleaf magnolia, and often considered a subspecies of the bigleaf. The fragrant white flowers can be up to a foot across. This plant should not be planted in highly exposed situations, and is probably not reliably hardy north of central Ohio. This species is shade-tolerant but makes a better specimen in the sun. Ready early summer 2017.

Magnolia fraseri - Fraser magnolia: 2 gallon

A medium to large tree strongly resembling bigleaf magnolia, but with leaves about half the size. Sometimes harvested for lumber as "yellow poplar." Seldom available for sale. Protect from deer.

Magnolia grandiflora - southern magnolia: 3 gallon

A medium to large tree with stiff, dark green evergreen leaves and large white flowers through much of the season. The seed structures are also attractive as they turn red. Seed ripens later than most magnolias and over a longer period.

Magnolia macrophylla - bigleaf magnolia: 3 gallon

A medium to large native with the biggest undivided leaves of any woody plant in North America, up to three feet long. Makes a rounded, medium-size tree in the open, with large white fragrant flowers followed in late summer by large red seedpods. Likes moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Amend with organic material, plant in sun or part shade in area protected from the wind. Grows 30'-35' high.

Magnolia tripetala - umbrella magnolia: 1 gallon, 5 gallon

Large leaves up to two feet long. Makes a rounded, medium-size tree, with large white flowers in late May to June, followed in late summer by large red seedpods. Likes partial sun to shade. Grows 20'-25'.

Magnolia virginiana - sweetbay: 1 gallon, 3 gallon

A fast-growing evergreen to semi-evergreen tree, usually small to medium-sized. Blooms at an early age and for a long spring period with white flowers followed by red seedpods in late summer. Likes sun to light shade.


OTHER MAGNOLIAS


Magnolia "Betty" - Betty magnolia: 3 gallon

A hybrid of Magnolia liliiflora and M. stellata. A low-branching, large shrub with abundant beautiful pink flowers in April. A tough and reliable plant. Grows 10'-12' high and wide and likes well-drained soils.

Magnolia X brooklynensis "Woodsman" - Woodsman magnolia: 3 gallon

A hybrid of Magnolia acuminata and M. liliiflora with large 4" flowers that are a mix of green, yellow, pink and purple and possibly tan. Forms a small shade tree.

Magnolia brooklynensis "Judy Zuk" - Judy Zuk magnolia: 3 gallon

A hybrid of Magnolia acuminata and M. liliiflora that bears yellow flowers with plum-colored shading near the base of the petals. Has an upright, almost columnar, form.

Magnolia "Coral Lake" - Coral Lake magnolia: 3 gallon
NOTE: Not ready until midsummer.

A hybrid of hybrids: Magnolia "Butterflies" and Magnolia "Legend." It has showy, very pink (or peachy-pink) fragrant flowers. To 20 feet high by 15 feet wide.

Magnolia "Galaxy" - Galaxy magnolia: 3 gallon
NOTE: Not ready until midsummer.

A hybrid between Magnolia liliiflora "Nigra" and M. sprengeri "Diva." Unlike many of the hybrid magnolias, this one has a narrow, pyramidal shape to about 30 feet tall. It can have showy yellow, white, pink, or purple flowers.

Magnolia liliiflora - woody orchid: 1 gallon

A large shrub, up to 12' high and wide, with showy red to pink flowers in the spring and sporadically through the summer, and glossy leaves in the summer. The MoBot link for this species is for the "Nigra" cultivar, with a darker-colored flower.

Magnolia X loebneri "Merrill" - Merrill magnolia: 3 gallon
NOTE: Not ready until midsummer.

A hybrid of Magnolia stellata and M. kobus. It is reliably winter-hardy, with starry white flowers in spring blushed with pink. However, the flowers can be damaged by frost, so a sheltered location is still preferred. A heavy bloomer.

Magnolia X loebneri "Leonard Messel" - Leonard Messel magnolia: 3 gallon
NOTE: Not ready until midsummer.

A hybrid of Magnolia stellata and M. kobus. It blooms at a young age, with many two-toned white and fuchsia flowers. It is a compact shrub or multi-stemmed small tree.

Magnolia "Rose Marie" - Rose Marie magnolia: 3 gallon

This magnolia has beautiful, bright-pink flowers. It is a cross between "Daybreak" and "Pink Surprise" (which are both four-species hybrids). It blooms later than most spring-blooming magnolias, is a heavy bloomer, and blooms over a long period, and attains large shrub size.

Magnolia X soulangeana "Alexandrina" - Alexandrina saucer magnolia: 3 gallon
NOTE: Not ready until midsummer.

A hybrid of Magnolia denudata and M. liliiflora. This is the familiar and popular saucer magnolia with flowers that have purple-pink exteriors and white interiors. When a hard frost hits the tree in bud, it will still bloom, but the flowers may be a light brown. A spectacular tree in a good spring.

Magnolia "Spectrum" - Spectrum magnolia: 3 gallon

A hybrid of M. sprengeri and M. liliiflora, with large pink and white flowers. Habit similar to saucer magnolia, to 30 feet.

Magnolia stellata - star magnolia: 1 gallon, 2 gallon

An old favorite, growing into a large shrub, with white, star-shaped flowers. It is susceptible to frost damage but quite beautiful if this doesn't happen.

Magnolia "Susan" - Susan magnolia: 3 gallon
NOTE: Not ready until midsummer.

Part of the same series of hybrids as "Betty," above. This is a hybrid of Magnolia liliiflora "Nigra" and M. stellata "Rosea." This compact magnolia, with fragrant fuchsia-colored flowers, blooms later than many of the other spring magnolias, so is less liable to frost damage on the flowers. Maximum height is about 12 feet.