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Butterflies Magnolia

Butterflies Magnolia

Common Name: Butterflies Magnolia

Botanical Name: Magnolia ‘Butterflies’

Butterflies Magnolia

Plant family: Magnoliaceae

Location: Art Trail

Growing zone: 5-9

Height: 15-20 ft.

Spread: 10-15 ft.

Bloom time: March, April, May

Bloom description: Large, yellow flowers cover this tree in early spring. The flowers bloom prior to leaf emergence and are lightly lemon scented. Each bloom lasts for a day or two, but the entire tree will bloom for nearly 1.5 weeks. This is a cross between Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata) and Yulan Magnolia (Magnolia denudata).

Leaf type: Dark-green, oblong leaves emerge after flowers drop. Although attractive through summer months, they fade to a pale brown in fall.

Garden uses: This is a great choice for a small specimen tree. It has a nice upright, pyramidal growth habit which makes it suitable for planting near homes. Full sun conditions with moist, well-drained soil will help this small tree flourish in a garden.