This cultivar of Southern Magnolia has a compact, upright growth habit more typical of multistemmed shrub than a single-trunked tree. It grows at a slow rate to aheight of perhaps 30 to 45 feet with an 8 to 12-foot spread and flowers at two or three years old. It is surprising to see a Magnolia flower when it is only three or four feet tall. 'Little Gem' SouthernMagnolia forms a dense, dark green oval or pyramidial shape, making it suited for screen or hedge planting.
This evergreen tree has a narrow columnar growth habit. Leaves are dark green, leathery, glossy, broadly ovate, to 8 in. long with rust hairy undersides. Large fragrant flowers are cup-shaped and creamy white with 9-10 petals up to 10 in. across.
Culture Light Full sun to partial shade. Moisture Southern magnolia is extremely drought tolerant. It does best, however, in rich, well-drained, acidic soils. Hardiness USDA Zones 7-9. Newer cultivars have extended the range in which the southern magnolia can be grown northward into Zone 5! Propagation Southern magnolia grows rapidly from seed. Cultivars are grafted onto seedlings of the species or started from cuttings.
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