The Magnolia grandiflora - Southern Magnolia - is more prevalent in the South – and is the state tree of Mississippi and Louisiana – its zone 6 planting range means it can grow in many northern areas, even as far north as parts of Maine, Michigan, and Washington.
As an ornamental tree, it is beloved for its year-round foliage and delightful, large, late-spring flowers. It produces creamy white flowers, sometimes up to 12” in diameter, with a rich fragrance which open and close with the rise and fall of the sun for 2-3 days. Blooms May through June, with some blossoms throughout the summer months.
Full sun to partial sun.
Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
Moderate drought tolerance once established.
Native to North America
White flowers, fragrant
Pet safe, non-toxic
Native to the Southeastern United States, the Southern Magnolia has long lived in the hearts of its admirers and wildlife creatures. These long living evergreens provide food and shelter for a multitude of native birds and small mammals as well as pollinators. Former President Andrew Jackson loved his Southern Magnolia so much he had his own tree transplanted from his home in Nashville, Tennessee in memory of his beloved wife.