Plant a Young Ann Magnolia Tree

The Magnolia Ann is a member of the "Little Girl" magnolia tree hybrid series, created in the 1950s at the U.S National Arboretum. This beautiful magnolia tree is known for its large, fragrant tulip-shaped pinkish purple blooms. Magnolia blooms are sensitive to early frost, but the Magnolia Ann blooms later than the other magnolias, usually in April, so it is damaged less from frost. This hardy, deciduous flowering tree is also considered a large shrub.

General Information

  • Average Height: 8-10 feet
  • Average Spread: 10 feet
  • Flowering Facts: 7 to 9-inch long blooms, purplish on the outside, white on the inside, blooms sporadically throughout the summer
  • Hybrid Fact: a cross between the M. stellata and the M. Liliflora 'Nigra

Planting Tips

  • Depth: A common problem is planting too deep. Plant so that the top of the root system is barely covered by the soil surface.
  • Soil: The Magnolia Ann prefers well-drained, sandy, moist, acidic soil.
  • Hardiness: The Magnolia Ann will grow in USDA zones 4 through 8. 
  • Sun exposure: Full sun, mostly sun. However, in zone 8, the tree should receive partial shade in the afternoon sun, so plant on the east side of a building or wall or on the east side of larger shade trees.
  • Watering Needs: The Magnolia Ann should be watered weekly, especially when young.

Be sure to plant where you can often enjoy the beauty of the blooms up close!