Here’s Every Type of Magnolia Tree That’s Out There

Magnolia trees are special. They are each unique and so colorful. You will love putting them in almost any garden, as they will liven up just about any location in the yard. At the same time, you might not have known that there are so many varieties to choose from. There are twelve of them to be exact. Do you want all of them or just focus on a few? That is up to you, but continue reading to learn more about each of the Magnolia Trees in existence today.

Anise Magnolia

This is a special type of magnolia that contains some leaves that end up giving the appearance of a willow tree. You will find that they are a bit wider than a willow leave, but not quite as wide as a magnolia leaf. This one produces white flowers that are stunning.

Ashe’s Magnolia

These can actually take the form of a large shrub or a tree that is the smaller side. Some people will treat these as a type of bigleaf magnolia. These grow in North America and like to be where the sun hits all day.

Bigleaf Magnolia

This one is aptly named because it can produce leaves that are up to an impressive 32 inches in length. It is typically a deciduous tree and is native to the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. It needs a lot of sun or only partial shade in order to grow to its full length.

Cucumber Tree

As you can imagine, this magnolia tree gets its name because the flower looks like the fruit. Some will refer to this one as the mountain magnolia. They have a hello green color that looks like a tulip. It grows best in the full sun or just partial shade.

Lily Magnolia

This particular magnolia is one of the smaller of the species. It will take on the form of a short shrub or small tree. This is native to China. While the tree can be grown in some shade, the flowers do better when there is a lot of sun around.

Kobus Magnolia

This is a magnolia tree that will typically produce flowers much earlier than the other species in the family. The tree also tends to develop many different trunks. You will find this most commonly grown in Japan, and it needs full or partial sun in order to develop fully.

Loebner Magnolia

Here we actually have a hybrid of the Kobus magnolia and the star magnolia. The result is a tree that has multiple trunks. However, you can eliminate those trunks with a bit of pruning. The tree only grows to about 30 inches at most, and it needs full or partial sunlight.

Saucer Magnolia

This magnolia tree results from the crossing of the lily and Yulan species. It can become either one large shrub, or it can look like a small tree. You will see that the blossom are pink when viewed from far away. Get up close, and you will see white inside. The common name for this species is the Tulip tree.

Southern Magnolia

As its name implies, these are found in the Southern United States. However, keep in mind that they can grow in other regions as well. This is actually the state flow of both Louisiana and Mississippi. It can also grow in regions prone to drought.

Star Magnolia

This type of magnolia can be either a large shrub or small tree. When in bloom, beautiful white flowers are the result. You will want to plant this in a sheltered location during the spring months, as frost can damage the flowers.

Sweetbay Magnolia

This type of magnolia tree is found mostly in the eastern United States. Many people call it a beaver tree. You will find that it grows best where the soil is wet.

Umbrella Magnolia

The name is given to this one because of how the leaves look. They hang down around the bottom of each branch. This species is the hardiest of all the magnolias. It can even survive in a full shade environment.

So, now you probably know more about magnolia trees than you ever dreamed ever possible. They can certainly liven up your day. Which ones have you seen up close? Which would you like to add to your own garden? Find a nursery near you today and get to planting.


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