book4 600x120 3

by Amjad
(Amman,Jordan )

Hello Jacki
Sorry if this question is out of smart drought Plants discussion, but I trust your judgment; I am planning to buy a magnolia for my front Garden, this part of my garden has full sun but exposed to winter winds, the soil is rich. I have been taking care of it for two years.

Now, the space am offering for this is 1.3 meter x 2 meters, now the big question:

Shall I go for evergreen or deciduous? age? Tall or short? Original or hybrid? Actually I would prefer it with burgundy cup or star flowers; it’s your call now…..(I am in zone 11 )
Thank you Jackie

You’re right, Amjad – where I am, I can’t grow Magnolia, although they truly are one of the most beautiful trees.

For the size of the area you have available, many of them will outgrow that in no time, so choose the size wisely; these trees tend to have a wide spreading crown, which shows to best advantage with a lot of space around it.

When you say, taking care of it, does this mean you have one in a pot that you want to plant? or buy one like it? Many will grow for years in a pot, so that’s another option.

My reference book states that they prefer a well drained organic soil, so adding lots of compost and peat moss to the planting hole is important, before you plant.

If you’re using stakes to hold the tree in place for a few years, make sure these are put in at the same time, so you don’t damage roots by hammering the posts in later.

These trees dislike root disturbance, and are hard to move once established, so finding the right place and preparing the soil ahead of time will give you the best chance of success.

Due to the fact that you are getting winds through the winter, a deciduous tree would survive this best; evergreen trees will hold onto the damaged leaves and never look their best.

Some varieties and species to consider:

Magnolia stellata – shrublike, typical smaller start shaped and many petalled flowers, generally white.

M. denuatata – Yulan Magnolia; to 35′, flowers white and fragrant, sometimes tinged purple at the base. Irregular form that works well in informal gardens or woodlands.

M. globosa; to 20′, flowers white fragrant, cupped or globe shaped, nodding or drooping.

These are just a few of the many many gorgeous options, but asking those questions; is it deciduous/not too big/suits your conditions? Flower color? will give you the best options.

Can’t wait to see what you choose!