Little Gem Magnolia Tree

Little Gem Magnolia Tree

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Little Gem Magnolia Blooms Tons of Summer Flowers for All to See!

Just as its name suggests, this tree is quite a ‘Little Gem’ with all the wonderful qualities you’d want from a magnolia and more! Also known as the dwarf southern magnolia tree, the Little Gem Magnolia tree is a beautiful evergreen tree that boasts cool shade and fragrant flowers all summer long. 

The Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem tree features smaller dark green foliage and a very compact narrow form and grows much slower than its other Magnolia relatives. The evergreen leaves of this southern tree are leathery with a deep glossy green color on top and fuzzy, rusty-brown undersides.

Little Gem magnolia trees produce large, fragrant, creamy white, saucer-shaped flowers that are 4-6 inches wide. Their beautiful and creamy white flowers bloom in the early spring to early summer growing season. These hardy shade trees have a bronze brown bark all year long that looks nice paired with the glossy leaves.

The white fragrant flowers on the Little Gem Magnolia Tree will give way to spherical, cone-like fruiting clusters that mature in the late summer to early fall months of the year. They release individual rose-red coated seeds suspended on slender threads at maturity. These seeds are food sources for many types of wildlife including birds, squirrels, and deer.

Little Gem Magnolia Tree Size

In size, Little Gem magnolia trees are dwarf-sized Southern magnolia trees and tend to be on the smaller side in comparison. The full-grown magnolia Little Gem magnolia tree can grow to a height of around 15 to 20  feet tall. It can spread 7 to 10 feet wide, making it a great choice of tree for shade.

Little Gem Magnolia Tree Growth Rate

It has a slow growth rate of fewer than 12 inches every year and it can take around 20 years for a dwarf Little Gem magnolia tree to reach full maturity, giving you more time to enjoy the scent of its summer flowers.

How Far To Plant Little Gem Magnolia Tree From House

To give Little Gem magnolia trees enough room to spread, be sure to plant them at least 5 feet away from your home, that way they can stretch and provide ample shade.

If planting a Little Gem Magnolia hedge, space the flowering trees at around 4 feet which is a little closer so the trees mesh and provide some seclusion. They are the perfect small trees for privacy if you are not looking for height.

Where is the Best Place to Plant a Little Gem Magnolia Tree?

It can be moderately drought tolerant after the root system establishes. The Little Gem is useful in small gardens or landscapes and does well with seacoast exposure as it is salt tolerant. They are also pest and disease resistant and very easy to grow. 

Not the most cold hardy flowering magnolia tree as it does better in the southeastern United States. Grow this Little Gem southern magnolia in USDA plant hardiness zones 6-10. If you are looking for a more cold hardy evergreen tree – check out Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia.

How To Plant A Little Gem Magnolia Tree

To plant Little Gem magnolia trees start by choosing the right spot in your landscape. This native privacy tree prefers full sun to partial shade. The Little Gem magnolia tree is generally tolerant of soil extremes including acidic soils as long as it is well-drained soil. Be sure to apply a thick 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch surrounding the root ball to help retain moisture. Be sure to water it thoroughly to help the Little Gem establish itself.

Does the Little Gem Magnolia Tree Require a Lot of Care?

No! The are very easy to grow & take care of. Occasional pruning to maintain its shape is okay, but not necessary. The best time to prune Little Gem magnolia trees is in late spring and summer. Be sure to wait until its flowers have faded before pruning to get the most out of the flowering season. 

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Botanical Name
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Flower Color

Flower Color

Mature Width
10-15 ft

Mature Height
20-25 ft

Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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Love this!

Tree was a little dry upon arrival but I expected that. Watered for a few days to get it acclimated before planting. Seems happy! Just keep watering and hope it blooms!


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi there, Thanks for sharing your experience with us. It's totally normal for plants to get a little thirsty on their journey to you, but it sounds like you knew just what to do - watered the tree to get it acclimated before planting. Way to go! Keep up the good work with regular watering and fingers crossed, you'll be rewarded with some beautiful blooms. Remember, patience and love go a long way in the gardening world. Happy watering and blooming! Best, Shirley

Gina G.
United States United States


I have ordered 5 Magnolia trees and each one has arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I would highly recommend Perfect Plants if you want a beautiful garden around your home.


Perfect Plants Nursery

I'm thrilled to hear that your trees arrived quickly and in perfect condition. It's like ordering a box of happiness and finding it delivered to your doorstep – pure botanical bliss! When it comes to planting trees, you want to make sure they're healthy upon arrival, so you can enjoy long-lasting results. And with Perfect Plants, you can rest assured that your trees will be in top-notch shape before you even open the box. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and your recommendation. We're here to help you create the garden of your dreams, one plant at a time. And if you ever need any advice, tips, or simply want to chat about all things gardening, we're here for you. Happy planting, my friend! ���

United States United States

Overall, just okay…

Packaging and delivery were great. Size of tree was not in the category that I paid for ~ 6 inches too short. Condition was below average with lots of damaged leafs.

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Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi there, Thanks for letting us know about your recent purchase experience. We're glad to hear that the packaging and delivery were great, but we're sorry to hear that the tree size and condition weren't up to par. We strive to provide the best quality plants and want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. Please reach out to our customer service team so we can make it right for you. We're always here to help you with your gardening journey and make sure you're a happy camper. Happy planting! Best, Shirley

Theodore E.
United States United States

Excellent product

The plants are full, green and healthy, and the shippping was fast and efficient. A good experience.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hey there. � It's great to hear that you had a good experience with My Perfect Plants – nothing beats receiving happy, healthy plants in a fast and efficient delivery. Thanks so much for your feedback – we're thrilled to have been a part of your gardening journey and we can't wait to see what beautiful blooms you'll create. Happy planting!

United States United States


The tree came in great condition. Very healthy and ready to plant. I will buy from y’all again.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hey there, gardening buddy! �� I'm thrilled to hear that your Magnolia tree arrived in excellent condition and that it was healthy and ready to plant. That's what we like to hear at My Perfect Plants – happy and thriving trees making their way to your garden!

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