15 Types of Magnolia Trees and Shrubs (With Photos)
I can't seem to pass a blossoming magnolia tree without taking its picture. On my walks this season, I came across 15 different varieties of magnolia trees. I hope you enjoy the following images and accompanying information about each one. All of the magnolias pictured are currently growing and thriving in Ohio.
15 Magnolia Tree and Bush Varieties
- Waterlily Star
- Jane Platt
- Centennial Star
- Ivory Chalice
- Sun Ray
- Gold Star
- Magnolia x loebneri Powder Puff
- salicifolia Anise
- Orchid Magnolia
- kobus Norman Gould
Magnolia stellata Varieties
These small trees or large shrubs are known for their showy displays of large, star-shaped flowers. They grow to be between 10 and 15 feet tall and bloom in late winter or early spring.
1. stellata Variety: Waterlily Star
The waterlily star stellata variety is a wonderful sight to behold in the spring. I love its blazing white blooms. It has a very nice, light scent.
2. stellata Variety: Jane Platt
Magnolia stellata variety Jane Platt offers large, striking pink flowers and a mild fragrance. This tree is lauded for its hardiness.
3. stellata Variety: Centennial Star
The centennial star shown below is another hardy bloom with large, fragrant white flowers accented with pink.
4. stellata Variety: Chrysanthemumiflora
I saw the chrysanthemumiflora pictured below for the first time at an arboretum near my home. This one may be hard to find but is worth the search due to its beauty.
"Little Girl" Hybrid Varieties
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.
5. Little Girl Variety: Betty
I like the large, deeply colored flowers of the Betty magnolia pictured below.
6. Little Girl Variety: Pinkie
The below variety is appropriately named pinkie due to the color of its blooms. I like its cup-shaped flowers.
7. Little Girl Variety: Susan
The Susan magnolia variety blossoms in shades of fuchsia and bright pink and has a very nice fragrance.
Magnolia acuminata (Cucumber Tree) Hybrid Varieties
8. acuminata Variety: Ivory Chalice
The ivory chalice shown below is a cross between a Magnolia acuminata and a Magnolia denudata. This is a medium-sized tree that blooms from mid spring to early summer.
9. acuminata Variety: Sun Ray
The sun ray magnolia pictured below is another acuminata and denudata cross. It's a medium-sized bloomer that offers large pale-yellow flowers from mid to late spring.
10. acuminata Variety: Gold Star
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 very fragrant and bloom in mid to late spring.
11. Variety Marillyn
Similar to the little girl hybrids, Marillyn is a hybrid resulting from a cross of Magnolias 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.
12. 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 its flowers. I love its showy display of fragrant, white flowers that bloom from mid to late spring.
13. 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 breeze, you will think you've found Heaven. Their startlingly white blooms are sometimes tinged with pink at the base.
14. Orchid Magnolia
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 very pretty.
15. Magnolia kobus Norman Gould
I think I've saved the best for last. This is my favorite magnolia. The large, 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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