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Native alternative(s) for Magnolia x loebneri 'Lenard Messel':
Cercis canadensis tree form with pink blooms
Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia virginiana Magnolia virginiana
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Cardiocrinum Cardiocrinum
Spiraea japonica 'Limemound' Spiraea japonica 'Lime Mound' in a Paver Pathway Garden
Magnolia x loebneri 'Spring Snow' Magnolia x leobneri 'Spring Snow'
Magnolia x loebneri 'Lenard Messel' has some common insect problems:
Magnolia Scale

Magnolia x loebneri 'Lenard Messel'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
mag-NO-lee-ah LOHB-ner-ee
Description

This deciduous Magnolia is a hybrid from a cross between Magnolia kobus and Magnolia stellata 'Rosea'.  The Loebner Magnolia is a compact, vigorous tree and flowers at an early age with two-toned flowers. Its strap like petals are white on the inside and a purple-pink tint on the outside.

It is a small magnolia at 10 to 20 feet, about as wide, and has a round shape.  The white blooms appear in February to March.  It is sometimes grown in a multi-trunked shrub form.

A number of hybrid cultivars, or varieties, are now available commercially, featuring flowers that have white or varying shades of pink, including pink-lilac.

Mulch and water a new planting for several months to one year after adding to your garden.  Choose a planting time when the tree is in a dormant state, which would be late fall through winter months in warmer climates and in the early spring in colder climates.  Locate in an area where protection from wind is provided.

An interesting feature is that a bruised stem emits a sweet fragrance. As with other Magnolias, wildlife may use it as cover both within the dense branches and underneath on the ground. It can be grown in full sun or at the edge of a woodland area with partial shade.

If pruning becomes necessary, midsummer, when the tree is in full bloom is the optimal time.  Propagation should also be done at this time of year by either softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Scale are occasional pests as well as snails, coral spot and honey fungus.

Late frosts in the spring can damage the flower buds, whoever, this variety is less susceptible to the frost as other varieties of Magnolias.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#small tree#frost tender#spring flowers#flowering tree#frost tolerant#cutting garden#spring interest#evergreen shrub#sandy soils tolerant#clay soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#dry soils intolerant#compact#wet soils intolerant#alkaline soils intolerant#butterflies#butterfly#cutting#birds#butterfly garden#hybrid#urban conditions intolerant#tree
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Magnolia
    Species:
    loebneri
    Family:
    Magnoliaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Landscape
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Buffer
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Shade
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 18 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • 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 Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Spring
    Fruit Width:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    After blooming, the flowers will give way to cone-shaped fruits that will turn red as they ripen. As they ripen, they will release red seeds that are suspended on thin threads.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Before the foliage opens, the purple buds open into large 4-6" fragrant flowers bloom in the spring, each having 10-15 petals.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Five inch long narrow green leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    It will often grow with a multi-trunked form.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Patio
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Flowering Tree
    Mass Planting
    Shade Tree
    Small Tree
    Specimen
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies