15 Types of Magnolia Trees and Shrubs (with Pictures)
I can't pass a magnolia blossom without taking its picture. On my walks this season I came across fifteen varieties of magnolia trees. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures and learning a little more about each one. All of the magnolias pictured are currently growing and thriving in Ohio.
These small trees or large shrubs are known for their showy display of large star shaped flowers. They'll grow to be about 10 to 15 feet tall and bloom in late winter or early spring.
Waterlily Star is a wonderful sight to behold in the spring. I love its blazing white blooms. It has a very nice light scent.
Magnolla Stellata Jane Platt offers striking large pink flowers and a mild fragrance. This tree is lauded for its hardiness.
The Centennial Star shown on the right is another hardy bloom with large fragrant white flowers accented with pink.
I saw the Chrysanthemumiflora pictured below for the first time at an arboretum near me. This one may be hard to find but probably worth the search for this beauty.
The Little Girl Hybrids
These small shrubby trees known as The Little Girl Hybrids were created when Magnolia Lilliflora was crossed with Magnolia Stellata. They're a good choice for small yards as they range from about 10 to 15 feet high. These later bloomers show themselves in mid spring and will sometimes bloom sporadically throughout the summer.
I like the deep colored large flowers of the Betty Magnolia pictured on the right.
This one is appropriately named Pinkie as you can see. I like its cup shaped flowers.
The Susan Magnolia blossoms in shades of fuchsia and bright pink and has a very nice fragrance.
Similar to the Little Girl Hybrids, Marillyn is a hybrid resulting from a cross of Kobus and Liliiflora. It grows from about 8 to 15 feet tall and is considered very hardy. I love the deep rich colors of its tulip shaped blooms and its light fragrance.
Magnolia X Loebneri Powder Puff
This Powder Puff magnolia is another short hybrid that would work well in small yards. It gets its name from the upturned petals of the flower. I love its showy display of fragrant white flowers that bloom from mid to late spring.
Magnolia Acuminata (Cucumber Tree) Hybrids
The Ivory Chalice shown on the right is a cross between a magnolia acuminata and a magnolia denudata. This is a medium size tree that blooms mid spring to early summer.
The Sun Ray magnolia pictured on the right is another acuminata and denudata cross. It's a medium size bloomer that offers large pale yellow flowers from mid to late spring.
Below is one of my favorites. This Gold Star magnolia tree is a cross of acuminata and stellata. Its large star shaped creamy yellow flowers are fragrant and bloom mid to late spring.
Magnolia Salicifolia Anise
I love these strongly scented Anise magnolia blooms. If you are anywhere near one of these trees when there is the slightest of breezes you will think you've found Heaven. Their startlingly white blooms are sometimes tinged with pink at the base.
This is another magnolia that I saw for the first time this year at an arboretum. It was tagged with the name Orchid and other than that I know little about it except that it's really pretty.
Magnolia Kobus Norman Gould
I think I've saved the best for last. This is my favorite magnolia. The large and fragrant pure white flower petals remind me of starched linen and I like the colored stamens. This tree can grow quite tall. It blooms in early to late spring.
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