Zones: 5 – 10
Height: 12′ to 25′ (depending on the variety)
Width: 12′ to 20′
Light: Part to Full Sun
Many people associate Magnolias with the south, and automatically think of the native Southern magnolia with huge white flowers and glossy evergreen leaves.
It is a beautiful tree, but (like the Live Oak of my garden dreams) can be a bit too big for a standard suburban size lot.
However that shouldn’t stop you from growing Magnolias in your yard.
Saucer Magnolias also have big beautiful spring flowers but the tree is a more manageable size for a smaller back yard.
If you live in an area that tends to get late frost (which can kill the flowers just as they are opening), look for the Little Girl series hybrids that bloom a couple of weeks later.