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Magnolia ashei

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Shrub-like Trees, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, sand

Height: 15'-25'

Bloom Time: May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 8

Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, fragrant flowers, ornamental foliage, showy fruit

Magnolia ashei (Ashe's magnolia)
  • Magnolia ashei (Ashe's magnolia)
  • Magnolia ashei (Ashe's magnolia)
  • Magnolia ashei (Ashe's magnolia)

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Magnolia ashei

Also known as:

Ashe's magnolia


Ashe magnolia


deciduous magnolia

Scientific Synonyms:


Magnolia ashei, is the rarest of the big leaf magnolias, with a native distribution limited to only a few counties in the Florida Panhandle. It has large, green leaves that can be up to 3' long and 1' wide. The trunk is often multi-stemmed, giving young plants a shrub-like appearance. Mature specimens are more tree-like and can grow to 25' or more. The creamy white flowers are proportionally large, and exude a wonderful citrusy, jasmin-like fragrance.


This is a rapid growing plant that will produces flowers in as little as 4 years after germination. In order to succeed in cultivation, the needs of this magnolia need to be strictly met. It can be grown in full sun or filtered light. It should be protected from strong winds. It should be planted in rich, acid to neutral, moist, well-drained sandy soil. It is very sensitive to dry conditions and to drought. Other than that, it is a trouble free plant that is well worth the effort! Blooms in May and June. Zone 8.


Propagate from freshly collected seeds in fall, or by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.

Additional Notes

Magnolia ashei is an overall wonderful species. Wild populations are rare and endangered by loss of habitat and general disturbance. Wild specimens should not be collected!

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: FL


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Magnoliales
Family Magnoliaceae Magnolia family
Genus Magnolia magnolia
Species Magnolia ashei Ashe's magnolia