The magnolia 'butterflies' is an amazing specimen tree. It's unusual due to its large yellow tulip shaped blooms that offer the faint scent of lemon. The color reminds me of lemon ice-cream and darkens as the blooms mature. In the spring, loads of blooms precede leaves, emerging from large buds with a creamy yellow color that stays strong through the life of the bloom. As the blooms fall from the tree in a shower of pedals, the leaves begin to emerge. The glossy leaves and elegant shape of the tree provide summer interest and a strong backdrop for other later blooming shrubs. The magnolia 'butterflies' can be grown as a multi-stemmed shrub or with a single trunk.
The 'butterflies' we have this year are some of the nicest trees we've grown. They have full root systems and large trunks. They are only 3-4 ft. but they are ready to grow and bloom. We think they are amazing trees, so pick one up before they fly off the shelf!
We like the butterfly magnolia in a number of settings. They make good specimen trees in the yard, but due to the early bloom also thrive on the edge of a forest garden. The smallish stature makes them an easier tree to find a place for and their unusual large yellow pedals make them a great combination with other trees spring pinks, purples, whites and reds. These trees are fairly easy to care for, they require little pruning and will do well in most soils, but like most trees thrive in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. For lighting they do well in anything from full sun to part shade.
|Bloom Color:||Creamy yellow; lemon scent|
|Bloom Period:||Early spring|
|Fall Color:||Bronze, copper|
|Foliage Color:||Dark green|
|Genus & Species:||Magnolia 'Butterflies'|
|Mature Height:||15 to 20 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||10 to 15 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Adaptable to many soil conditions|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun to part shade|
|Zone:||5 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.