Cute, compact, and charmingly colorful, the Ann Magnolia is a flowering specimen that is treasured for its fantastic profusion of spring blossoms and its resilient nature…
What distinguishes the lovely Ann Magnolia?
Prolific, aromatic, splendid spring flowers.
Compact size, making it ideal for small yards and spaces.
Easily cultivated as a shrub or tree.
Keeping up appearances…
The adorable Magnolia Liliflora Nigra is an absolute charmer in the springtime when its fragrant chalice-shaped blossoms erupt in a gorgeous profusion of magenta and lavender-pink color. While the Ann Magnolia primarily flowers around mid- to late March, it can continue blooming sporadically under optimal conditions of adequate moisture. This tree’s beauty isn’t only reserved for a season, however; its foliage is a lush lively green that fades to opulent shades of golden-yellow in autumn.
Growing at a moderate pace, the Ann Magnolia grows with a rounded structure and typically reaches a height of 8-10 ft. when fully mature. Its compact structure makes it an extremely elegant little specimen for even small yards, including city or cottage gardens, and it thrives as an understory species as well.
A friendly recommendation.
With a 3-8 hardiness zone rating, the Ann Magnolia grows best under full sun to partial shade, preferring moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. It is adaptable to loam, clay, and sandy soil but is less inclined to thrive in wet or poorly drained conditions. Given that the Ann Magnolia blossoms a bit later than other magnolia specimens, it is less susceptible to spring frosts as opposed to other flowering trees. It requires minimal pruning, which is best conducted during midsummer when its leaves have fully matured; softwood cuttings can be done in spring or early summer to help propagate the tree. The Ann Magnolia hasn’t been noted to exhibit any serious insect or disease problems.
Awesome tree trivia!
- The Ann Magnolia belongs to the Little Girl series of hybrid magnolias that were developed at the National Arboretum in the mid-1950s as hardier varieties of the classic magnolias.
- The genus name—Magnolia—honors French botanist Pierre Magnol.
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Photos by: Mike Kincaid
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This Tree's Zone: 4 to 8
Your Growing Zone:
|Bloom Time||April to May|
|Sun||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Size||8 to 10 feet|
|Spread||8 to 10 feet|