Little Gem Magnolia

Product Description

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!

The Little Gem Magnolia features smaller dark green foliage and very compact narrow form and grows much slower than its other Magnolia relatives. The leaves of this evergreen shrub are a waxy dark green on top and rusty-brown on the undersides. It’s beautiful and fragrant white flowers bloom in summer. The flowers on The Little Gem Magnolia Tree will give way to spherical, cone-like fruiting clusters that mature in late summer to early fall, releasing individual rose-red coated seeds suspended on slender threads at maturity.

Little Gem will grow to around 20 foot tall over the first 20 years. This shrub prefers full sun and is generally intolerant to soil extremes. It is useful in small gardens or landscapes and does well with seacoast exposure.

Botanical Name

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 20-25 ft
Mature Width 10-15 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Fragrant, white flowers
  • Evergreen
  • Attractive foliage
  • Compact size

Shipping Info

Once your Little Gem Magnolia order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Magnolias grow well in organically rich, well-drained soil and neutral to acidic soil. Ideally soil should be evenly moist but not soggy. They can grow in moderate shade, but growth and flower production are best in full sun or partial shade.

The Little Gem is generally intolerant of soil extremes and environmental pollutants. This compact Magnolia maintains it’s oval shape well naturally and requires little pruning other than to promote a balanced, strong frame when young and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning on occasional to improve shape should be performed after flowering to avoid damage to the following seasons buds.

To achieve a hedge, Little Gems’ centers should be spaced 5 or more feet apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Little Gem Magnolia, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

7 reviews for Little Gem Magnolia

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Blaine Greer

    Beautiful tree, taller than advertised. Perfectly packed. Nothing misleading, here.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerstin Phillips

    Special request, quick shipping, great corospondence. A+ THANK YOU!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5


    Great company, great tree…you helped me out so much!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie Proctor

    Bought 4 last week and they came with flower buds about to open. I bought the special fertilizer too. Hope it helps them grow. Excited for my weekend project to plant them!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debra Panebianco

    Thanks to a warm Florida winter, it has me in the planting mood. Ordered and it shipped in two days. Packaging was very impressive! Thanks Perfect Plants! Will buy again!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Watkins

    Order (2) for the front corners on my home. They were packaged as others have mentioned, very well! I ordered the larger ones, which I was told were 2 years older than the shorter trees. Great purchase and I would recomend to others.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ivy & Troy Smith

    Long review here because this was a large purchase for us. I called before I ordered and spoke with Elisa on the phone. She was very helpful in sending us photos of the trees before we placed our order. The trees looked very healthy in the photos, and the large nursery in the background assured us that Perfect Plants in the actually grower. The trees are being planted as a ‘green fence’ between me and the neighbors. We order 21 of the 4-5ft size. When they showed up (only took two days shipping) we were impressed with the packaging. They put 2 trees per LARGE box, tieing them into the box using heavy string and bamboo stakes. There was wet paper around the top of the root ball and a large plastic bag around the entire pot, zipped tied to the trunk of the tree. We can honestly say someone took their time in packing these trees up so nicely. We watered them once we un-packed the trees (took about an hour to unpack all 21 of them.) We have our gardner coming to plant them this week. Overall we are very pleased and would reccomend working with Perfect Plants Nursery.

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