Magnolia Trees

Magnolia Trees

Magnolia trees are prided all over the world for their grace and beauty. You can buy magnolia trees online!

We offer a variety of Southern Magnolia tree varieties in the Magnolia grandiflora species as well as flowering magnolias that are deciduous in nature and can produce beautiful purple or pink goblet shaped flower blossoms. Read more about our other Early Spring Blooming trees and shrubs.

Magnolias are some of the best front yard trees because of their large stature, beautiful blooming flowers, and lush evergreen leaves. Your planting site will be permanent so pick the best variety of trees based on your planting sites,  USDA zone, and space for it to grow.

Other things to consider when planting your magnolia tree is if it is in full sun or partial shade. Different magnolias prefer different growing conditions. Soil conditions can also come into play. Choose a planting site with well draining soil.

The Magnolia Grandiflora standard trees have some of the largest flowers of all the flowering trees and they put on a show to see. When they are not in flower, the evergreen leaves shine with a glossy hue. They make great specimen trees year round.

Our flowering deciduous magnolias like Ann Magnolia and Jane Magnolia should not be overlooked either. They bloom early in the spring before most other flowering trees. These Japanese Magnolia trees do not mind full sun or partial shade. These are true statement trees and should be planted where they can be enjoyed. They will lose their leaves in the fall.

Luckily, all types of magnolia trees can be grown in many regions of the United States and some are quite cold hardy. The DD Blanchard is the most cold hardy of the magnolia grandifloras and all of the deciduous magnolias are hardy for the Northern states.

The Little Gem is a great choice if you are looking for a dwarf magnolia tree that only gets up to 20 feet tall.

Many kinds of magnolias have a fast growth rate and can be excellent shade trees for your landscape.

Check out the Magnolia Grow Guide for more information on choosing, planting, and growing magnolia trees.

Shop our selection of large magnolia trees for sale.

How to Care for a Magnolia Tree

How to Grow a Magnolia Tree

Magnolias grow best in moist, slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic nutrients. The soil must be well draining because they do not like wet feet. Growing magnolia trees is a joy and a treat to see the reblooming magnolia flower open up year after year. If you are growing Japanese magnolias like our Ann Magnolia, Jane Magnolia, or Alexandrina Magnolia, the flowers will open up in early spring. The Southern Magnolias like Little Gem Magnolia, Bracken’s Brown Magnolia, and D.D. Blanchard Magnolia will boast their gorgeous white flowers during the summer months.

How to Plant a Magnolia Tree

Here’s a step by step guide for planting magnolia trees. Your tree will arrive rooted in soil in a nursery container. Give it a good watering before planting to ensure the root ball stays moist. You can loosen up the roots surrounding the root ball if it is entangled. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the pot it came in. Place the tree into the planting hole and backfill with native soil or you can amend the soil with our Acidic Potting Soil mix. Water the tree thoroughly and cover the root zone with a thick 2 inch layer of mulch to help retain moisture. 

When to Plant Magnolia Tree

The best time to plant magnolia trees is in spring. They will have the whole year to establish their large root systems and produce foliage to look beautiful. Fall is another great time to plant if your winters aren't too harsh. The trees will focus on growing their roots instead of producing flowers or foliage.

Where to Plant Magnolia Tree

Some people ask, where do magnolia trees grow? Well, it depends on the variety. In general, magnolia tree zones are 7-9 across the southern United States. The Japanese flowering magnolias are more tolerant of colder temperatures and are hardy down to USDA zone 4. The Southern magnolias that are evergreen are hardy from zones 7-9 but there is a variety that is more cold hardy. The Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia is hardy to zone 5

Can You Grow Magnolia Trees in Pots?

Some smaller magnolia varieties are suitable for pots, although they would prefer having space and room to grow in the ground. The Little Gem dwarf magnolia tree or the Ann or Jane Magnolia are good options to grow in containers as their size stays smaller than 20 feet tall. Some of the largest magnolias like the DD Blanchard should not be grown in pots due to their size.

How to Maintain a Magnolia Tree

Once planted in the ground, magnolia plants are not hard to maintain. Yearly duties can include pruning, mulching, fertilizing, watering, etc. The preferred magnolia tree soil type is a well drained, slightly acidic soil. However, they are very adaptable and can live in a variety of soil types including neutral or alkaline soils, sandy soils, or loamy soils. They do need well draining as they do not like wet feet. This can cause root rot and can harm the tree.

How to Prune a Magnolia Tree

Pruning magnolia trees is not necessary but helpful if you want to shape your tree or encourage new growth. At any time, you can prune back dead or diseased branches. You can also shape your tree into the desired shape you would like. Be sure to use good quality loppers to cut back larger branches. Be sure to not cut past the branch collar and to not harm the bark as this can harm the tree. If you would like to know more about how to trim a magnolia tree, check out our Basic Pruning for Trees and Shrubs blog. 

When to Prune a Magnolia Tree

The best time to prune magnolias is in late summer or early fall after the flowering period has ended. You will risk cutting off the flowers if it is done at other times. For the Saucer Magnolia tree varieties, trimming magnolia trees in late spring after flowering completes. 

How Big Do Magnolia Trees Get

The magnolia tree height depends on the variety you choose to plant. We have smaller sized trees such as the Little Gem Magnolia or Ann and Jane Magnolias a part of the Little Girl series of Japanese Magnolias that stay less than 20 feet tall. The evergreen magnolias that thrive in the south get much larger! The Bracken’s Brown can get 30-40 feet tall while the DD Blanchard can grow up to 50 feet tall. They can grow pretty fast. The magnolia tree growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year once established. Fertilizing them annually will help boost the growth rate. 

How to Fertilize Magnolia Trees

The best fertilizer for magnolia trees is our Slow Release Fertilizer which will gradually release the nutrients from the fertilizer into the surrounding soil of the tree. Applying magnolia tree fertilizer annually is important to help the tree grow healthy and strong for a lifetime.

When Do Magnolia Trees Bloom?

Magnolia bloom time depends on the variety. Japanese magnolia blossoms will appear in early spring while the southern magnolias bloom throughout summer. A magnolia tree in bloom is one of the most beautiful things you can see! 

Do Magnolia Trees Lose Their Leaves in the Winter?

Being evergreen, the southern magnolia leaves will stay green on the tree year round. You may experience a slight leaf drop on magnolia trees in winter. This is to prepare them for new growth in spring. Japanese flowering magnolias like the Ann Magnolia, Jane Magnolia, and Alexandrina Magnolia are deciduous trees and will lose their leaves over winter. 

Magnolia Tree Landscaping Ideas

Magnolia trees make excellent focal points in the landscape. They want to be the star of the show. Not commonly seen, they can also be great hedging plants to create privacy in your landscape. A row of flowering evergreen magnolia trees lining a fence or driveway is a good way to utilize their large, pyramidal structure and growth habit to your benefit. Magnolia trees create excellent shade in your garden and it is appropriate to have smaller shrubs such as hostas underneath them if desired. 

What are Some Magnolia Tree Diseases?

While it is not very common, magnolia trees can contract diseases caused by fungal issues or pests. More common magnolia tree diseases include leaf spot, blight, sooty mold, or powdery mildew. Proper magnolia care will help keep diseases at bay and encourage healthy growth.