Magnolia Flower Facts

Magnolia Flower Facts image by Muffet: Flickr.com
Magnolia Flower Facts image by Muffet: Flickr.com

Overview

Magnolias are deciduous trees and shrubs with showy, fragrant flowers. White, pink, purple, green or yellow blossoms are followed by red or pink fruit. There are 80 different varieties of magnolias.

Space

Magnolia trees grow from 15 to 90 feet tall and are from 15 to 55 feet wide.

Site

Magnolias like moist, rich soil with good drainage. Magnolias tolerate areas with partial shade.

Cultivation

Transplant burlap-wrapped or container-grown trees in the spring, just before new growth begins.

Pests

Magnolias are susceptible to scales that will cause the leaves to turn yellow. These areas need to be pruned out and destroyed. Magnolia root borers will attack magnolia trees as well.

Diseases

Most diseases that affect magnolias are not too serious. These include stem cankers and powdery mildew.

Problems

A late spring frost can ruin early-blossoming magnolia flowers.

References

  • The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia; Geoffrey Burnie; 2000
  • University of Florida Extension: Magnolias
Keywords: magnolia flowers, scales, deciduous trees

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

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