Magnolia Grandiflora - - Semi-mature and mature Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

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Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' - Little Gem





Bred in 1952 by Steed's Nursery North Carolina.

Plant Type:

Evergreen small tree.


4.5m x 2m

Habit/ Form:

Single trunk, columnar small tree.


Medium glossy dark green leaves up to 25cm long and 10cm wide, with a dark brown pubescence on the underside.


Large glossy white flowers up to 25 – 30cm across with a very strong lemony citronella fragrance.


Rose-coloured ovoid fruit from 10 cm long to 5 cm wide, which when ripens it will burst open to containing bright red seed.

Bark / Trunk:

Relatively smooth bark.

Vigour / Longevity:

Slow growing, 30 – 40 years.

Environmental Requirements:

Full sun to part shade.


Can handle extremely cold situations from heavy frost to snow when established, can also tolerate first line salt, but will not tolerate fire.

Soil / Drainage:

From very sandy soils (including sand dune areas) through to wetter soils. Do not tolerate water inundation.


Prune to desired shape can be used for hedge or screen plant and can tolerate heavy pruning if required.


Maintain water in warmer months but cannot handle long periods of inundation.


General long life slow release fertilizer.

Pests / Diseases:

Prone to collar rot if soil or mulch is build up around trunk. Scale and woolly aphids.


Mainly used in small garden due to its compact form as a small specimen tree. When maintained appropriately, the thick foliage can form a hedge or screen.



© Text reproduced here with the kind permission of Tony Wilson and Barck Books.



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