Member Price: $79.95
Member Price: $79.95
Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem') is a compact evergreen tree beloved for its stunning flowers, glossy foliage, and smaller size compared to the traditional Southern Magnolia. This cultivar is a popular choice for smaller gardens and landscapes, offering the same elegance and charm as its larger counterpart without requiring as much space.
Little Gem Magnolia is a dwarf variety of the Southern Magnolia, typically reaching a height of 15-20 feet and a width of 7-10 feet. It is hardy in USDA zones 6-10 and thrives in well-drained, acidic soil. This slow-growing tree can be planted in full sun to partial shade and requires minimal pruning. The compact size and pyramidal shape of the Little Gem Magnolia make it an excellent choice for smaller gardens, foundation plantings, and even as a specimen tree.
One of the most striking features of the Little Gem Magnolia is its large, fragrant flowers. These creamy white blooms can reach up to 8 inches in diameter and appear from late spring through summer, with sporadic blooming continuing into fall. The flowers emit a sweet, lemony scent, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden. The long-lasting blooms of the Little Gem Magnolia make it a showstopper in any landscape, adding beauty and elegance throughout the season.
Little Gem Magnolia boasts attractive, glossy green leaves that provide year-round interest and a striking backdrop to the stunning white flowers. The leaves are smaller than those of the traditional Southern Magnolia, measuring 4-6 inches in length. The underside of the leaves features a velvety, rusty-brown texture, adding an additional layer of visual interest to the tree. The dense evergreen foliage makes the Little Gem Magnolia an ideal choice for a privacy screen or windbreak.
Following the flowering period, the Little Gem Magnolia produces reddish-brown, cone-like fruiting structures that house bright red seeds. These fruits ripen in late summer to early fall and are an important food source for various birds and small mammals. While not as showy as the flowers, the fruit adds an extra layer of seasonal interest to the tree and contributes to the overall appeal of this versatile and charming cultivar.
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