Magnolia Trees Prune & Varieties

March 13, 2014 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Magnolia Trees How To Grow A Beautiful Healthy Magnolia

All About Magnolia Trees

The elegant magnolia trees are known for its gorgeous colourful blooms and fragrant smells that come alive in the late winter and early spring. In Australia these trees are incredibly popular not only for their beauty, but also for their durability and longevity. If you plant one of these magnificent trees in your garden or yard, you can expect them to stay there looking just as healthy and beautiful as ever for generations. The magnolia tree is slow growing and needs a lot of care, but once it gets going, this tree will thrive and flourish virtually on its own. Magnolia Trees do flower with the daffodils, snowflakes and blue bells are flowering and the roses are starting to make new seasons growth.

Magnolia Tree Types
Magnolia trees come in a few different varieties.  

  • Magnolia Caerhays Belle is a Dutch bred magnolia that has large pink cup shaped blooms that give off a strong, yet delightful scent.  
  • Magnolia Phillip Tregunna is a magnolia hybrid that produces vibrant mauve flowers with silver centres. These blooms are large, voluptuous, and heavily perfumed. Your yard will always be surrounded a delicate fragrance with this tree around.
  • Magnolia Elizabeth is a hybrid magnolia, it has beautiful perfumed flowers that are coloured primrose yellow and pale cream. This tree type flowers much later than the other magnolia varieties, but it is worth the wait. This magnolia is also smaller than other varieties and is great to plant right out in the yard.
  • Magnolia Vulcan is another magnolia tree type that produces large, deep red blooms that give off a soft but noticeable fragrance.

Deciduous magnolias to grow

  • Magnolia Sweet Bay
  • Magnolia Yulan 
  • Magnolia Loebner

These bloom throughout winter and early spring when the season is moist and the climate fluctuates between cool and warm. Evergreen magnolia trees, such as

  • Port Wine Magnolia (michelia figo) are great for a flowering hedge. Evergreens require ample water and sunlight to flourish.
  • Magnolia Grandiflora this gorgeous plant produces delicate white blooms that are known as the “little gem” of the magnolia tree. The grandiflora is the most common and recognisable of the magnolia tree types. This magnolia type blooms later in the season just before summer, usually between October and November. It has fragrant blooms and requires medium watering and maintenance.

There are many different varieties and species sold in Australia including:

  • Magnolia Felix
  • Magnolia Campbellii
  • Magnolia Galaxy
  • Magnolia Bull Bay
  • Magnolia stellata

Magnolia Tree Care

To care for your magnolia trees, you need to focus on the basics: water, sun, and food. Whether they are deciduous or evergreen, magnolias love sunlight. Some magnolia tree types can withstand the cold or even frosty climates, which is why a lot of them bloom in winter, however ample sunlight is the key to healthy tree. Most magnolias can be seen living in mainly warm climates with enough rainfall. Areas like California, Louisiana, Australia, and New Zealand host most magnolias, but these hardy trees can be grown all most anywhere. Water your magnolia Tree frequently, especially after it is first planted. Deep watering is especially important during the spring and summer when it is the hottest season. Slightly acidic soil with great drainage is ideal for these trees so that they have room to breathe and water can get deep down to the roots. The best time to prune magnolia trees is right after they flower late winter early spring.

Magnolia trees are gorgeous plants that will add elegance and class to your home and garden. Like all living things, these plants need constant care in the first years of its life. Food, water and sunlight are the keys to a healthy and flourishing magnolia.

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