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Southern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Featured Plant Category: Focal point

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium, intolerant of extreme moist or drought

Soil Type: Moist, rich, well-drained loams

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade, part shade may be best.

Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9

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Southern Magnolia is an eye-catching tree that can bring great beauty and character to any landscape. It gets the name Grandiflora, from it’s very large (and fragrant) flowers, which you can enjoy from April to June. This tree generally prefers warmer climates, hence it’s name, but is considered winter hardy up to zone 6b, so be sure to find your zone.

Magnolia grandiflora typically grows about 60-80′ as it’s mature height, so be sure to give it plenty of room to grow. It’s foliage is mostly evergreen, so these make a nice alternative to the more traditional evergreens such as American Holly. For best results, try to plant it somewhere with a medium level of moisture, not too wet or dry.

This is a great tree for pollinators, as it has very large pools of nectar, and a strong sweet scent which invites pollinators far and wide. One interesting thing about this trees relationship with pollinators – bees must first remove the stalks from the center section of the flower in order to pollinate it. This is very hard work and sometimes requires 2 or 3 bees working as a team to accomplish this task.

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Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

May to June

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium, intolerant of extreme moist or drought

Soil Type

Moist, rich, well-drained loams.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade, part shade may be best.

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Magnolia virginiana, Bull Bay, Laurel Magnolia, Evergreen Magnolia, Large-Flower Magnolia, Big Laurel

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

Direct Native Plants supports the United States Postal Service, so your plants will ship via USPS Priority Mail. Orders ship out Monday through Wednesday of each week, and depending on how close you are to our nursery in Maryland, shipping will take anywhere from 1-4 business days.

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