Little Gem Magnolia Tree

Little Gem Magnolia Tree

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  • Fragrant white flowers

  • Evergreen
  • Attractive foliage
  • Compact size

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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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Theodore E.
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Excellent product

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

United States United States


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

Marguerite M.
United States United States

Little Gem Magnolia

These came perfectly and had leaves right down to the bottom. They are so good looking in a Zone 7a garden next to boxwood and cactus. They are deer resistant. However, one night a deer rubbed its head against the bark of a previous magnolia, that I had planted a couple of years ago, and I had to fence it in. I did so, too, with the new ones just to be on the safe side and until they grow larger. M. McG.


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi Marguerite, Thank you so much for purchasing our Little Gem Magnolia tree and for leaving us such an amazing and honest review. We appreciate customers like you who take a bit of their day just to do so. Happy planting and we hope that your tree thrives for years to come. Best, Shirley

United States United States

Amazing delivery!!!

A drought is keeping me from planting for a few days but oh my goodness!!!! First time ordering from Perfect Plants and I'm amazed at how these trees showed up. Perfectly packed, moist soil, hardy healthy looking trees! Here's a picture right out of the box where they'd been sitting all day. Definitely wasn't expecting the trees to be so vibrant after a long hot trip to the west side of a parched and dry Arkansas. Perfect Plants for the win!


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi Jeanette, Thank you for this amazing review on our Little Gem Magnolia (with a photo and everything!) It means a lot for us when customers take the time to leave us an honest review of our products and even more so when they are 100% satisfiedwith their purchase. We hope your trees keep thriving for years to come! Best, Shirley

United States United States

Beautiful Little Gems

The five Little Gems arrived in great condition. They have grown over a foot this summer, faster than we expected, and they have continued to bloom even into late september. We love them!


Perfect Plants Nursery

Hi there, Thank you for purchasing our Little Gem Magnolias, they truly our gems here at the nursery with their familiar and beautiful foliage. We would also like to thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice and honest review, we always appreciate customers like you. May your Magnolia thrive for years to come. Best, Shirley

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