Magnolias are grand trees that often evoke visages of the deep south where they meander over lanes inviting people to walk among their shade and swim within their sweet fragrance. Most residents and visitors to Florida are familiar with the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) known for its dark green foliage and saucer shaped, creamy white flowers that blossom in late spring. However, there are over 80 varieties of magnolias including the Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia ×soulangiana) which boasts large pinks petals described as a torch when they reach upwards towards the sun. Previously known as the Japanese Magnolia, this species is commonly found in north and central Florida.
The Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) is closely related to the Southern Magnolia, and is distinguished by the underside of its leaves that have a silver tint to them. Found in the wetlands, the lemon scented flowers are smaller than those found on the Southern Magnolia. The Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata), growing as a small tree and/or shrub, is considered to be among the hardiest of the magnolia species. Typically grown in zones 4 through 9, the Star Magnolia is identified by its gray bark and small, delicate, white or pink flowers that blossom in spring.
Graced with beautiful leaves and exquisite flowers, there is sure to be a variety of the magnolia for your property. To learn more about the options available to the soil, sun, and water conditions of your property contact LMP at (877) LMP-PRO1.