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From their glossy leaves to their fragrant flowers, magnolia trees are stars of the landscape. The magnolia comes in an assortment of colorful blooms from butter colored to vibrant pinks. While the fragrance and petals are stunning, the glossy foliage is also a favorite.
Planting and Caring for Magnolia Trees
The great news that magnolia seldom has pest or disease issues. You do want to think about carefully choosing your plant location. They tend to grow best in rich, well-drained soils. You may also add organic matter.
Choosing Your Magnolia
On Natorp’s Tree Nursery, we grow nine different kinds of magnolia trees that all do well in our Cincinnati climate. Here are some of our favorites:
Sweetbay Magnolia is a small multi-stem tree with creamy white spring flowers with an exquisite lemon-like fragrance. Flowers give way to cones with red berries and are backed by attractive foliage. A perfect choice for a specimen tree or accent plant in beds and foundation plantings. Learn More!
Bracken’s Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia
A cold-tolerant magnolia with large, fragrant white blooms. Blooms are followed by red ornamental fruit. Evergreen leaves are small, leathery, and lustrous dark green. A great specimen tree. Learn More!
Butterflies Magnolia Tree
A fabulous early spring blooming tree with lemony-scented, tulip-shaped blooms. The soft yellow blooms are non-fading and the foliage is attractive all summer. The Tree Form makes a wonderful small accent tree for small yards or addition to beds. Learn More!
A popular, slower-growing compact multi-stemmed magnolia known for its magnificent spring display. The cup-shaped, pinkish-purple flowers open before leaves emerge. Use as an accent plant or in mixed shrub and mixed tree plantings. Learn More!
Are you searching for the right magnolia trees? Take a look at our Magnolia Tree Collection.
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