How to Plant a Leonard Messel Magnolia Tree


The Leonard Messel magnolia (Magnolia --- loebneri 'Leonard Messel') is a cross between a tree and a shrub variety of magnolia. Leonard Messel grows to a height of 15 feet with a 10-foot spread. In mid-spring it bears lovely pink buds, which eventually open to reveal fragrant, ruffly, white flowers. Leonard Messel deserves a place close to the house where the scent can be enjoyed. Hardy to USDA zones 5 through 8, Leonard Messel should be planted in early spring.

Step 1

Plant the Leonard Messel magnolia tree in full sun in northern climates. Give the tree afternoon shade in the Deep South. Plant where there are no other trees within a 13-foot radius.

Step 2

Dig a hole the same depth and three times the width of the nursery pot in which the Leonard Messel magnolia tree is growing. Scrape the inside and bottom of the hole with a gardening fork or pitchfork.

Step 3

Lay the nursery pot on its side, and slide the tree from it. Press down on the sides of the pot to loosen the tree, if necessary. Cut the pot away from the rootball if all else fails.

Step 4

Place the Leonard Messel's roots into the planting hole. Backfill halfway with soil. Pour 5 gallons of water into the hole. Finish filling the hole with soil after the water has drained. Press the soil around the base of the tree with your feet.

Step 5

Water the Leonard Messel magnolia tree until the soil is saturated. Keep the soil slightly moist for the first three months after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening fork or pitchfork
  • Shovel
  • 5-gallon bucket


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Magnolias for Minnesota
  • ‭North Carolina State University: Magnolia x loebneri ‭
  • ‭"‬Landscape Management:‭ ‬Planting and Maintenance of Trees,‭ ‬Shrubs and Turfgrass";‭ ‬James R.‭ ‬Feucht and Jack D.‭ ‬Butler‭; ‬1988
Keywords: Leonard Messel magnolia, plant magnolia tree, plant Leonard Messel

About this Author

Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing.