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
Bloom Time: May, June
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, berries, fragrant flowers, ornamental foliage, showy fruit
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Magnolia asheiAlso known as:
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.
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
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: FL
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