Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’
- Common Name(s):
- Kay Parris magnolia
- ‘Kay Parris’
Considered to be one of the very best of the evergreen magnolias, 'Kay Parris' is a relative newcomer. Believed to be a cross between to other fine magnolia varieties, 'Little Gem' and
'Bracken's Brown Beauty', this tree can stand up to any of its competition.
The leaves are a glossy, medium green with wavy leaf margins. Unlike its 'Little Gem' parent, this selection has a deep orange-brown, almost velvet-like underside to its leaves. The extremely fragrant flowers are a bit smaller than the standard Southern magnolia and appear from late May to late September.
'Kay Parris' magnolia should have a spot in any sunny Carolina landscape. Use them as a living screen, specimen plant, or potentially sheared into a tall hedge. In areas of the Carolinas where winter ice storms are common, this cultivar has great limb structure and appears to hold up better than 'Little Gem'.
Don't let this special selection of a southern native slip by. Plant one today! 'Kay Parris' magnolia is an introduction from Gilbert's Nursery, Inc.
- 20 feet
- Flowers for cutting. Fragrant. Long bloom season, Showy flowers.
- Needs regular watering
- 10 feet
- Growth Rate:
- Wavy leaf margins. Deep orange-brown, almost velvet-like underside.
NCCES plant id: 3099