15 Types of Magnolia Trees and Shrubs (With Photos)

Updated on July 15, 2019
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Kay is an avid walker and local flora enthusiast who enjoys capturing and sharing images of the plants she knows best.

I spotted each of these 15 varieties of the Magnolia genus in my home state of Ohio.
I spotted each of these 15 varieties of the Magnolia genus in my home state of Ohio. | Source

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

  1. Waterlily Star
  2. Jane Platt
  3. Centennial Star
  4. Chrysanthemumiflora
  5. Betty
  6. Pinkie
  7. Susan
  8. Ivory Chalice
  9. Sun Ray
  10. Gold Star
  11. Marillyn
  12. Magnolia x loebneri Powder Puff
  13. salicifolia Anise
  14. Orchid Magnolia
  15. 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.

Closeup of a Magnolia stellata var. waterlily star bloom
Closeup of a Magnolia stellata var. waterlily star bloom | Source

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.

Side view of a Magnolia stellata var. Jane Platt bloom
Side view of a Magnolia stellata var. Jane Platt bloom | Source

3. stellata Variety: Centennial Star

The centennial star shown below is another hardy bloom with large, fragrant white flowers accented with pink.

Closeup of a Magnolia stellata var.  centennial star bloom
Closeup of a Magnolia stellata var. centennial star bloom | Source

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.

Several Magnolia stellata chrysanthemumiflora blooms
Several Magnolia stellata chrysanthemumiflora blooms | Source

"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.

Closeup of a closed Betty magnolia bud
Closeup of a closed Betty magnolia bud | Source

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.

Several pinkie magnolia blooms
Several pinkie magnolia blooms | Source

7. Little Girl Variety: Susan

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

Closeup of a partially opened Susan magnolia bloom
Closeup of a partially opened Susan magnolia bloom | Source

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.

Closeup of an ivory chalice magnolia bloom
Closeup of an ivory chalice magnolia bloom | Source

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.

Closeup of two sun ray magnolia blooms
Closeup of two sun ray magnolia blooms | Source

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.

Two gold star magnolia blooms
Two gold star magnolia blooms | Source

Other Varieties

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.

Closeup of a blooming Marillyn magnolia
Closeup of a blooming Marillyn magnolia | Source

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.

Many blooms on a Magnolia x loebneri powder puff
Many blooms on a Magnolia x loebneri powder puff | Source

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.

Closeup of a partially open Magnolia salicifolia anise bloom
Closeup of a partially open Magnolia salicifolia anise bloom | Source

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.

Closeup of an orchid magnolia bloom
Closeup of an orchid magnolia bloom | Source

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.

Closeup of a Magnolia kobus Norman Gould bloom
Closeup of a Magnolia kobus Norman Gould bloom | Source

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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      Dana Norris 

      6 weeks ago

      What happen to the tulip tree?

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      Mary Allen 

      3 months ago

      I have a tree in my yard which I’ve been told is a type of magnolia. The blooms are tiny....no more than an inch long....yellow and look sort of like tiny bananas. They have a wonderful fragrance. I could not find this tree on your list. Any ideas?

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      2 years 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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      2 years 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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      3 years 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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      4 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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      4 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 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

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

      annoying to scroll through!!!

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      6 years ago

      are magnolas harful to pets

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 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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      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      6 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 

      6 years ago from the Midwest

      Magnolias are such beautiful trees! Thank for the info!

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      Kiss andTales 

      6 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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      6 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 

      6 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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      Maria Giunta 

      6 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 

      7 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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      8 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Beautiful hub! Voted up. Magnolias are so lovely!


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