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Magnolia ashei (Ashe magnolia)

Magnolia ashei Photo/Illustration: Carole Ottesen


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Magnolia ashei Common Name: Ashe magnolia Synonyms: M. macrophylla subsp. ashei Genus: Magnolia
This spreading deciduous shrub or small tree has large, light-green glossy leaves to 2 feet long. It flowers in early summer with jasmine- and citrus-scented blossoms in white with maroon markings at the base. Each flower is up to 10 inches across. It grows up to 30 feet tall and wide and is a native of North America.
Care: Grow in moist, well-drained, preferably acidic to neutral soil in sun or partial shade; they 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.
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 Foliage; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Flowering Tree, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Waterside
Style Formal Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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