This hybrid magnolia has excellent hardiness and a beautiful display of white flowers.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
- Residential and parks
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Medium tree (25-40 feet),
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Alkaline soil
- Moderately Tolerant
- Moderately Tolerant
- Intolerant of pollution
- Spring blossoms,
- Fragrant flowers,
- Showy fruit,
- Showy flowers,
- Attractive bark
Season of Interest:
- Early spring
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
- Insect pollinators
Tree & Plant Care
Spring plant only. Pick a sheltered location to avoid damage from strong winds, full sun for best flowering potential.
Magnolias are shallow-rooted and benefit with a layer of mulch to moderate soil temperature fluctuation and conserve moisture.
Prune after flowering.
Disease, pests, and problems
Potential problems include magnolia scale, Verticillium wilt, chlorosis in high pH soils. Flowers are susceptible to frost damage.
Native geographic location and habitat
Of hybrid origin; a cross between Magnolia kobus and Magnolia stellata.
Bark color and texture
Young bark is smooth and silvery gray, becoming slightly roughened with age.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple leaves arranged alternately on the stem; 4 to 6 inches long with an entire margin. Little to no fall color.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Flowers are solitary with 6 to 12 white or pinkish petals. They are mildly fragrant.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
The fruit is a pickle-shaped structure (aggregate) that matures from green to pink, then red. When mature the structure splits open to reveal seeds.
Cultivars and their differences
Ballerina Loebner's magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri 'Ballerina'): 15 to 20 feet high and wide; rounded form; blooms early to mid-April. flowers have numerous pure white petals that are pale pink at the base. Zones 4-8.
Leonard Messel Loebner's magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'): 25 to 30 feet high and 30-35 feet wide; rounded form; blooms in early to mid-April. Dark purple flower buds open with a white interior. Zone 4-8
Merrill Loebner's magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill): 25 to 30 feet high and 30 to 35 feet wide; rounded form; blooms early to mid-April. Fast growing tree with many strap-like petaled white flowers. Zone 4-8