Sweet magnolia scents in the summertime are the dream of many a northerner. If you are fortunate enough to live in the right climate to grow a magnolia tree you may want to consider the hybrid species, Jane. Developed almost 60 years ago at the United States National Arboretum, Jane is a small tree with purple and white flowers that bloom in May. And, yes, they smell just as sweet as her older cousin's. Although Jane will thrive in just about any soil texture, it does require well-drained soil. Magnolia x Jane is hardy to USDA zones 4 to 7.
Choose a location for the magnolia Jane that gets sunshine in the morning and partial shade in the afternoon. This tree will eventually have a spread of 10 feet, so keep it well away from other large trees and structures.
Amend the soil in the planting area by adding a 2-inch layer of compost to the soil and working it in well with the gardening fork.
Dig a hole the same depth and twice the width of the pot in which the magnolia Jane tree is planted. Fill the hole with water and allow it to drain.
Tilt the tree out of its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your fingers. Lower the tree into the hole and spread the roots around the soil. Back-fill the hole with soil. Pack the soil around the trunk of the tree.
Apply a 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree, keeping it at least 3 inches from the trunk.
Water the tree immediately after planting and then keep the soil moist until the tree is well-established.