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Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' is often confused with:
Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Osmanthus x fortunei Osmanthus x fortunei in the fall in Moore County
Thymus vulgaris Thymus vulgaris
Osmanthus heterophyllus Osmanthus heterophyllus

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

Phonetic Spelling
mag-NOL-ee-ah gran-dih-FLOR-uh
Description

‘Little Gem’ is a much smaller (dwarf) and slower-growing cultivar of the Southern magnolia or Large tree magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) that typically grows as a compact, upright, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree to 20’ tall over the first 20 years.  Learn more about "Magnolia grandiflora".  Leaves are glossy green above and bronze-brown on the underside.  lowers give way to spherical cone-like fruiting clusters (to 3-5” long) that mature in late summer to early fall, releasing individual rose-red coated seeds suspended on slender threads at maturity. 

This small tree is moderately salt tolerant, best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams, and is generally intolerant of soil extremes (dry or wet).  Intolerant of many urban pollutants.  'Little Gem' is native to moist wooded areas in the southeastern United States from North Carolina to Florida and Texas. 

More information on Magnolia grandiflora.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Michael McCarthy Memorial Garden, All Saints Episcopal, Concord
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#fragrant flowers#white flowers#slow growing#salt tolerant#dwarf#cpp#large flowers#mccarthy memorial garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#fragrant flowers#white flowers#slow growing#salt tolerant#dwarf#cpp#large flowers#mccarthy memorial garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Magnolia
    Species:
    grandiflora
    Family:
    Magnoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Oval
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt