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 can be planted as a privacy screen or hedge.
The Little Gem Magnolia tree features smaller dark green foliage and very compact narrow form and grows much slower than its other Magnolia relatives. The leaves of this evergreen tree are leathery with a deep glossy green color on top and rusty-brown fuzzy undersides.
The Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem produces large, fragrant, creamy white, saucer shaped flowers that are 4-6 inches wide. It’s beautiful and fragrant white flowers bloom in the early spring to early summer growing season.
The 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.
Planting Little Gems
This privacy tree prefers full sun to partial shade and is generally intolerant to soil extremes. It can be slightly 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.
Not the most cold hardy flowering magnolia tree as it does better in the southern United States. Grow this magnolia grandiflora in USDA zones 7-9. If you are looking for a more cold hardy magnolia tree – check out the Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia.
The Little Gem Magnolia growth rate is slower than other semi-deciduous magnolias. Little Gem will grow to around 20 feet tall over the first 20 years and 10-15 feet wide.
To grow a Little Gem Magnolia hedge, space the trees at least 10 feet apart. They are the perfect trees for privacy if you are not looking for height.
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For information on planting your new magnolia tree, check out our Magnolia Grow Guide.
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
- Fragrant, white flowers
- Attractive foliage
- Compact size