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" It can even be planted as a screening hedge or grown in
very large containers, " Kinsey says.
Embracing colors
Although most people think of magnolias as having large,
white blooms with spoon-shaped petals like the grandiflora,
other varieties sport flowers in shades of pink, purple and
yellow. Today there are more than 80 species and subspecies of
magnolias.
" Breeders have been tinkering with genetics to create
magnolias that introduce new bloom forms, tree structures
and colors, " he says. " They're producing cultivars that are more
disease-resistant and maximize the best traits of each species. "
Many of the hybrids are relatives of the Japanese or saucer
magnolias, such as Magnolia soulangeana and Magnolia
lilliflora.
" Japanese magnolias have been used in landscapes for
years, " Kinsey says. " Some people call them tulip trees because
the upright blooms look like tulips. They have petals in shades
of deep pink, purple and white and bloom in the spring on bare
branches. The tree's form is loosely vase-like, with multiple
stems growing upward. A Japanese magnolia can make an
excellent focal point in the landscape. "
Hybridizers are introducing cultivars that expand color
offerings. The variety 'Jane' has red-purple petals, and 'Royal
Star' has blooms with narrow, pure-white petals. 'Vulcan' has
violet-purple double blooms, and 'Butterfly' has creamy yellow
flowers.
" 'Sunburst' magnolia is a spectacular lemon-yellow variety
that can grow up to 30 feet tall and has a strong fragrance, " he
says. " The leaves turn a coppery-bronze in the fall, giving it
good seasonal interest after the blooms have faded. "
Planting and care
Magnolias are hardy plants that thrive in moist, rich, welldrained,
acidic soil. They can be grown anywhere in Georgia.
" Surprisingly, the best time to plant or transplant a magnolia
is in late summer, " Kinsey says. " They have a fibrous root system,
rather than a long tap root, so they transplant really well. "
Which is better, a balled-and-burlapped tree or one that's
sold in a container? Kinsey says that it depends on the tree.
" If it's a smaller tree, purchase it in a container, but if it's really
Magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'
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acuminata 'Butterfl y'
Trees sold with the soil around their roots wrapped in
burlap are referred to as " balled-and-burlapped " and tend
to be larger and more mature than those sold in containers.
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