Buy Dwarf Magnolia 'Little Gem'
Magnolia 'Little Gem' is a dwarf form of M. grandiflora, the southern Magnolia tree. You get the same huge, white, fragrant flowers on a much more compact plant.
'Little Gem' is the most commonly-planted Magnolia tree in the south today. It is easy to understand why:
- Its upright growth to 10(most often)-20'(rarely) makes it a great fit for small spaces.
You can plant it anywhere. The tiniest yard will accommodate it. You don't have to live on a plantation or have a huge, historic home to plant this iconic southern tree in your yard without it dwarfing your house.
Treat it like a large bush.
'Little Gem' gives you more flowers over a longer season than other types of Magnoilas. The cup-shaped, 8" blooms carry the same sweet fragrance as the larger varieties, but they're closer to ground level where you can both, see and smell them a whole lot easier.
The flowers not only come earlier in the growing season than those of other Magnolias, but this tree begins to bloom while it is still a juvenile.
Most flowering trees (of any type) only begin to bloom after they reach a certain age or height. Magnolia 'Little Gem' has demonstrated the ability to bloom at the very early age of 2 years when it may be just 3-4' tall.
The dark, glossy leaves of Magnolia 'Little Gem' are the perfect foil for variegated or bright foliage.
- This dwarf Magnolia grandiflora is very cold tolerant. Whereas most Southern Magnolias are hardy into zone 7, 'Little Gem' can be planted in protected locations in zone 6.
It is also heat tolerant being well adapted to USDA zones 6-10.
- The dwarf Magnolia's evergreen leaves are smaller than those of its lager kin and create less litter when they shed.
They are just as dark and shiny on the top side, and feature the same russet reverses which make these little trees such precious garden ornaments even when they are between bloom cycles.
- Because the tree is small, you don't have to worry about it casting excessive shade on the plants beneath or around it.
Magnolia 'Little Gem' Care Tips
Easy Magnolia Tree Care Instructions
- Plant this tree in any well-drained soil in full to part sun. Full sun will result in heavier bloom but will also require more moisture. Trees growing in part sun locations will exhibit greater drought tolerance and establish more quickly.
- Trees planted in the open ground will also be less thirsty than those growing in tubs or planters as their roots will be able to branch out in search of moisture.
- Keep newly installed trees moist for at least one year before exposing them to dry conditions.
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