Little Gem Magnolia Tree

Little Gem Magnolia Tree

51 reviews
  • Fragrant

  • white flowers
  • Evergreen
  • Attractive foliage
  • Compact size

Regular price $34.95 Sale price $29.95 14% off

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
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Dwarf Magnolia Blooms Tons of Summer Flowers for All to See!

Just as its name suggests, this specimen 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 can be planted as a privacy screen or hedge.

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.

The magnolia gem tree produces large, fragrant, creamy white, saucer shaped flowers that are 4-6 inches wide. Its beautiful and creamy white flowers bloom in the early spring to early summer growing season. The hardy shade tree has 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.


This native privacy tree prefers full sun to partial shade and is generally tolerant of soil extremes including acidic soils as long as they are well drained soil. 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.

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 the Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia.

The Little Gem Magnolia growth rate is slower than other semi-deciduous magnolias. The slow growth rate is up to 1-1.5 feet per year. Little Gem magnolia size will grow to around 20 to 25 feet tall over the first 20 years and 10-15 feet wide.

If planting Little Gem Magnolia hedge, space the flowering trees at least 10 feet apart. They are the perfect small trees for privacy if you are not looking for height. They are pest and disease resistant and easy to grow. Be sure to apply a thick 2 inch layer of mulch surrounding the root ball to help retain moisture.

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For information on planting your new magnolia tree, check out our How to Prune a Magnolia and  Magnolia Grow Guide.

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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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Kristi T.
United States United States

Absolutely beautiful!

Fantastic experience and absolutely beautiful trees! They ship very fast, I received six 3-ft trees and they are all full of leaves and extremely healthy looking trees. Could not be happier with our purchase, can't wait to get them in the ground and watch them grow! Thank you so much Perfect Plants!

United States United States

Cold weather magnolia

Very good: the produce, follow through and knowledge of the company has impressed me.


Perfect Plants

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us a review on your purchase of our Little Gem Magnolia Tree. We're happy to know that you are satisfied with your plant! Best, Shirley

Mr. and Mrs. David McCollough
United States United States

Little Gem Magnolia

I bought this for my Granddaughter and Grandson in law . .They said the tree was tall and gorgeous. Thank you, Carol Clark


Perfect Plants

Hi Carol, We're glad to know your grandaughter and grandson in law are enjoying their Little Gem Magnolia! Thank you for the review! Best, Shirley

berenice Y.
United States United States

Beautiful Little Gems

These trees arrived beautifully from shopping and are doing great in the ground. I used the slow release fertilizer and they seem to be loving it because they’re already getting taller and fuller with several buds after only 6 weeks in the ground.

Minerva J.
United States United States

Very healthy plants

Very good healthy plants with good roots

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