Little Gem Dwarf Magnolia
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Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
The Little Gem Magnolia is a dwarf Southern Magnolia cultivar that keeps a narrow, compact habit. Like the species Magnolia grandiflora, Little Gem Magnolias have large glossy, leathery leaves with brown undersides and characteristically fragrant, creamy white flowers. A heavy bloomer that begins blooming within the first three years and blooms from May to October, the cultivar was first discovered and developed by Warren Steed in 1952. A chance seedling, the tree was released to the world in 1966. The Little Gem Magnolia grows into a distinctly columnar shape. It makes an excellent landscape specimen, and can be used to create screens and hedges. Planting instruction can be found at boydnursery.net/planting/.
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Perfect, creamy white, beautifully fragrant (better than the best perfume), 4-6" in diameter, solitary, in May-June, sporadically there-after, usually with 6 petals, each petal thick, concave, broadly obovate and 4 to 6" long; fruit is bright red, cone shaped, woody, and aggregate, and 2-3 inches long
zone 6a – 10b *need help finding your hardiness zone?
Leaves are alternate and simple, evergreen, elliptic, and 4-6" long and less than half as wide. Leaves are dark green above, lighter green-brown below and often ferrugineous-pubescent beneath; leaves are messy and never seem to decompose after dropping in the spring and fall
20-25 feet tall at maturity with 8-12 foot spread
What am I buying?
We sell Little Gem Dwarf Magnolias as rooted cuttings. Taken from Wikipedia, “a plant cutting is a piece of a plant that is used in horticulture for vegetative (asexual) propagation. A piece of the stem or root of the source plant is placed in a suitable medium such as moist soil. If the conditions are suitable, the plant piece will begin to grow as a new plant independent of the parent, a process known as striking.” Put more simply, a rooted cutting is a small clone of the specimen from which it was taken. As a genetically identical clone, the cutting shares all the characteristic traits and attributes of the cultivated variety. Our rooted cuttings are 3-6 months old and 4-8 inches in stem length above the soil line. They are clipped from our private stock plants and grown in root pruning trays at our temperature controlled greenhouse.
When are plants collected?
Once your order is placed, your plants will be collected as soon as the weather permits. This time-frame is normally within 3-7 days. During heavy order periods (April-May), this collection time can grow to 10-14 days.
How are plants shipped?
All shipments are mailed via USPS Priority Mail using PirateShip.com. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will contact you by phone and/or email. The day that your order is completed or partially shipped, you will receive an email containing your package tracking number. You can also find this updated information by logging into your account on our website.