Magnolia Flowering Plants and Nursery Tree Seedlings

Magnolia Flowering Plants and Nursery Tree Seedlings


Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping Magnolia Trees - for Beauty & Fragrance

There are many types of beautiful flowering trees, and the Magnolias have been increasingly popular, especially as new varieties are introduced every year.

The Magnolias have been planted in this country for almost two hundred years. Of the 100 or so members of the Magnolia Family (magnoliaceae), about 35 species are native to North and Central America, with nine species native to the United States. The rest are primarily found in eastern Asia. These are split between evergreen and deciduous trees and tall shrubs.

Some of the Magnolias are valuable for lumber, like the Cucumber Tree, Tulip Tree, Southern Magnolia, the Sweetbay, and the Fraser Magnolia, which are the taller tree-forms, with most of the others being the shrub to small tree types. Some species, the bark and fruits are used in medicine, but Magnolias are most noteworthy for their large fragrant showy flowers. In the landscape design, Magnolias are planted often as solitary specimens where they can be seen, but tree-lines and hedges are also ways to use them.

Of the Evergreen Magnolias, the Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) and the Sweetbay (Magnolia viginiana) are the most popularly planted.

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The Southern Magnolia is found across the southern states, from Zones 7 to 10, and grows well in heat and damp soils. The flowers can get a foot across, and have a sweet fragrance, making these the most sought after type of Magnolia. As an evergreen, they will drop leaves all year long, and heavier in the fall, making continual clean-up. Sometimes used as a street or lawn tree, the large spreading root systems can have a disasterous effect on pavement and grass growth, so they do need their own space.

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The Sweetbay flowers are not as large as the Southern, but they too are sweet smelling. Like the Southern, these are also plantable from Zones 7 to 10, and should be placed in areas where lawns or walkways will not be effected by their roots.

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The other type of Magnolias are the deciduous types, primarily tall shrubs. These are often broken into two major groups, the Saucer Group (Magnolia xsoulangeana), and the Star Group, like the Kobus Magnolia.

With the many varieties, the flower shapes, sizes, and colors will vary. Magnolias are typically thought of as being creamy white, but pinks, reds, purple, and even yellow colors have been developed.

The shrub-types are used mostly as specimens where the blooms can be seen. Planted in Japanese gardens, along walkways, or against a building are common. If planted in a lawn area, like the tree-forms, give them plenty of space.

Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping Another Magnolia tree that is gainng attention is the Cucumber Tree (Magnolia acuimanta). This medium-sized tree has been used some as a lumber tree, but its usage in the landscape is best for a shade tree or specimen. The flowers are small and less noticeable then other Magnolias, greenish in color, but they still make an interesting tree. Plant these from Zones 5 to 9.

Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping Also increasingly poplar in the landscape design is the Yellow Poplar or Tulip-Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). It is more widely planted as a shade tree than for the small greenish flowers, but also a vital honey-tree across the southeastern states. A fast growing tall tree, these are planted from Zones 5 to 9 (and sometimes into Zone 10). Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping

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How-To Care for Magnolias:

The first and primary consideration is the location for the Magnolia. The tree-forms should be given plenty of space around the trunk, where digging or disturbance will be minimal. Magnolia roots are sensitive, and once planted, they don't like being moved. The shrub-types require less space, but still need enough for their shallow sensitive roots.

Like many trees and shrubs, the Magnolia likes rich well-drained with plenty of organic materials. Water-logged soils can cause root problems in most species, except the Sweetbay which is very tolerant of wet conditions.

Watering needs to be regular and deep, with care not to saturate the ground.

Fertilizing is always a good question, and most types will be fine, but a slow-release type is better. The key is to have plenty of organic materials in the soil, which acts as a reservior or slow-release for the roots. In alkalai soils, adding an iron-chelate will help with leaves that yellow.

Pruning is best on the evergreen types before the spring growth starts, and after flowering on the deciduous types. Cuts are slow to callus over, so use a tree-paint for greater than an inch across.

Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping

Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping We have good success shipping the Magnolias during most of the season. Depending on your location, we will start shipping as early as January (but usually mid-April for the northern states). Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping We sometimes trim them back like this Star Magnolia, but they usually get treated with a product called Wilt-Pruf to help them ship better.

Some of the Magnolias are in limited in availability for next season, so you would want to order yours now.Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping

Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping The Southern is plentiful, and there are a few in a larger size, so always ask if you have questions.

Also consider the Tulip Tree. A fast grower, and fascinating leaves, these are great for shade and more... Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping

Empire National Nursery has fast growing Magnolia trees and shrub plants for home garden landscaping Order early, we can Book an order up to a year ahead of time.


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