15 Types of Magnolia Trees and Shrubs (with Pictures)

Updated on April 4, 2016

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.

Magnolia Stellata

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.

Magnolia Stellata Waterlily Star
Magnolia Stellata Waterlily Star

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.

Magnolia Stellata Jane Platt
Magnolia Stellata Jane Platt
Magnolia Stellata Centennial
Magnolia Stellata Centennial

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.

Magnolia Stellata Chrysanthemumiflora
Magnolia Stellata Chrysanthemumiflora
Magnolia Betty
Magnolia Betty

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.

Magnolia Pinkie
Magnolia Pinkie

The Susan Magnolia blossoms in shades of fuchsia and bright pink and has a very nice fragrance.

Magnolia Susan
Magnolia Susan
Magnolia Marillyn
Magnolia Marillyn

Magnolia Marillyn

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 X Loebneri Powder Puff
Magnolia X Loebneri Powder Puff
Magnolia Ivory Chalice
Magnolia Ivory Chalice

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.

Magnolia Sun Ray
Magnolia Sun Ray

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 Gold Star
Magnolia Gold Star
Magnolia Salicifolia Anise
Magnolia Salicifolia Anise

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.

Magnolia Orchid
Magnolia Orchid

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 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.

Magnolia Kobus Norman Gould
Magnolia Kobus Norman Gould

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      15 months ago

      I looked everywhere trying to find out about a purple flowering bush and thanks to your site I've discovered it was a Magnolia Betty! Thank you so much!!!!

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      19 months ago

      We live near Philadelphia PaA,USA. We have an Edith Bogue Magnolia that has endured and thrived through very cold and icy storms. Maybe it is the one for your honey and area.

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      23 months ago

      I live in Prince SK Canada and my honey loves magnolias so does anyone have any suggestions on the best kind to grow here?

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      3 years ago

      can u take a clipping from a tree? will it root, and how do I cut if this is possible for magnolia

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      3 years ago

      I have two Magnolias. One is a star magnolia and is about twenty-five feet tall and is over thirty years old. I trained it to be a tree when it was very young. It has three trunks and is very beautiful every spring. The other is a yellow one. It was a gift to my husband but it never bloomed. After researching, I discovered it takes thirteen years for the yellow to bloom. Just like clockwork it bloomed the thirteenth year, and every year after with increasing blooms.

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      Kiss andTales 

      4 years ago

      I love these beautiful trees with hints of color like blushes of pink , or mauve, and off white , even when they give us just a small visit we thank you for capturing their beauty by pictures , thank you for sharing.

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      jamie murphy 

      4 years ago

      The " fromyouflowers" incessant pop-up makes your site too

      annoying to scroll through!!!

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      4 years ago

      are magnolas harful to pets

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      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Kay Creates,

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing, to be precise. Magnolias are my favorite tree.

      I loved every word of it. Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Just use it without a selfish motive and no telling at how far you will go

      and how many people you will touch.

      I have just left you some fan mail and become a follower.

      I cordially invite you to read one or two of my hubs, and be one of my followers.

      That would make my day.

      I am so honored to meet you and follow you.


      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

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      5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      what a splendid hub! Vancouver BC used to have a lot of natural magnolias growing throughout the city, some ancient specimens. There are very few left because of 'progress and development'. I'm promoting your page on Twitter.

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      Preston and Kate 

      5 years ago from the Midwest

      Magnolias are such beautiful trees! Thank for the info!

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      Kiss andTales 

      5 years ago

      It's that season here again the blooms of magnolias , how breath taking to see them bloom in blush pinks and whites. My favorite. You can not really preserve them like roses. I tried and failed. But I truly thank you for the pictures you have supplied with your posted hub ,You have captured their beauty in the choice of pictures.

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      5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Thank you for the great information and lovely photos of magnolias. I love them, but wasn't aware there were so many different varieties. Great hub beautifully presented

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      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love magnolias! There is such a variety from huge evergreen magnolias, to some of the smaller trees if you don't have room for a giant. Your pictures are beautiful. I love how the blooms appear against a deep, blue sky that makes the flowers really stand out. (shared and tweeted)

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      Marie Giunta 

      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Magnolias are such a beautiful flowering tree, we have 4 in our garden, the Marillyn and Susan. I didn't realise there were so many varieties, this is a very informative hub. Voted up, beautiful and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Beautiful photos! Magnolia is a beautiful flower I would like to plant at home. Does it grow in a tropical country? Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Beautiful hub! Voted up. Magnolias are so lovely!


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