Magnolia

Magnolia kobus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Brown
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Magnolia (Magnolia kobus)
mag-NO-lee-ah KO-bus
Genus:  Magnolia
This deciduous tree grows to 40 feet tall and blooms in early spring with a profusion of white-tinged pink goblet to saucer-shaped blossoms that are 3 to 4 inches wide.
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 trees and deciduous shrubs 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. The species can take up to twenty years to bloom from seed.
Problems:  Bacterial leaf spot, spot anthracnose, canker, dieback, butt rot, powdery mildew, anthracnose, fungal spots, weevils, snails, scale insects, thrips, planthoppers.

Overview

Height
Over 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
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Flowering Tree,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Formal Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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