Loebner magnolia Magnolia × loebneri 'Leonard Messel' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Loebner magnolia (Magnolia × loebneri 'Leonard Messel') mag-NO-lee-ah ex LOBE-ner-eye Genus: Magnolia This rounded, small tree grows to 25 feet tall. It is a cross of M. kobus and M. stellata 'Rosea'. It has star-shaped flowers with 12 narrow petals, white on the inside and purplish-pink on the outside; the transition of color from bud to bloom is a beautiful study in color. The blossoms are fragrant and appear before the leaves in early to mid-spring. Noteworthy Characteristics: . Care: Grow in moist, well-drained, preferably acidic to neutral soil in sun or partial shade; magnolias do not tolerate wet feet. Magnolia flowerbuds are susceptible to late-season frosts; shelter large-leaved species from windy locations. Prune in late winter or late summer to prevent bleeding of sap; prune minimally to maintain a healthy framework. Propagation: Sow seeds in autumn or stratify to hasten germination. Root softwood cuttings in early summer. Magnolias can be layered in early spring, grafted in winter, and propagated by bud in summer. Problems: Bacterial leaf spot, spot anthracnose, canker, dieback, butt rot, powdery mildew, anthracnose, fungal spots, weevils, snails, scale insects, thrips, planthoppers. Overview Height 15 ft. to 30 ft. Spread 15 ft. to 30 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Fragrant Flowers, Showy Flowers, Showy Fruit Bloom Time Spring Flower Color Pink Flower, Purple/Lavender Flower, White Flower Uses Beds and Borders, Flowering Tree, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/Focal Point Style Formal Garden, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Trees Related Plants to Magnolia × loebneri 'Leonard Messel' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Loebner magnolia Magnolia × loebneri 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Loebner magnolia Magnolia × loebneri ‘Merrill’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Ashe magnolia Magnolia ashei 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Little Girl hybrid magnolia Magnolia 'Ann' View the discussion thread.