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Magnolia x loebneri

Common Name(s):

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

This deciduous Magnolia tree is a hybrid from a cross between Magnolia ''kobus' and Magnolia 'stellata'. The Loebner Magnolia is vigorous and flowers at an early age. It is a smaller magnolia at 20 to 30 feet, about as wide, and has a round shape. White blooms appear in February to March. This tree 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3-5 in. alternate, simple leaves; yellow-brown fall color

Tags:

deciduous

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Merrill
    White flowers with a pink tinge. Fragrant. Showy.
  • 'Spring Snow'
Merrill, 'Spring Snow'
Tags:
#fragrant#white#deciduous#small tree#fragrant flowers#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#fragrant stems#fantz#deciduous tree
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Merrill
    White flowers with a pink tinge. Fragrant. Showy.
  • 'Spring Snow'
Merrill, 'Spring Snow'
Tags:
#fragrant#white#deciduous#small tree#fragrant flowers#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#deciduous shrub#spring flowers#fragrant stems#fantz#deciduous tree
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Magnolia
    Family:
    Magnoliaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia, Eastern U.S.
    Wildlife Value:
    Used as cover by wildlife.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Growth Rate:
    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)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Type:
    Follicle
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are a cone-like aggregate of follicles.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are single and white. Cultivars may have white blooms tinged with shades of pink or lilac-pink. They are fragrant, 5" in diameter, and have 9-15 spatulate tepals (outer part of flower). They are 3" long and 1" wide.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, narrow obovate, acute, rounded, dark green, and grow up to 6" long. They can turn a yellow-brown color in the fall before dropping.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    Stems are slender, brown to purple to green, are dotted with elliptical-oval, and they have gray vertical lenticels. Sweet fragrance comes from bruised stems.
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Small Tree