Your Japanese magnolia should be planted in fertile, well-drained soil, either in full sun or partial shade. Remember to leave your tree ample room to reach its eventual height and spread. Don't forget to look up and check for overhead power lines.
- Light Needs: Full Sun, partial Shade
- Watering Needs: Water deeply to settle the soil around roots.
The Japanese magnolia opens its fat, furry flower buds in February before the foliage emerges. Unlike the native Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), the Japanese magnolia is deciduous and drops its leaves in winter. The flower blooming on a leafless tree makes for an especially beautiful display. The Japanese magnolias, are more popular these days, and you rarely see these two species offered. The Japanese magnolias generally grow to be about 15 to 25 feet tall with a spread of 10 to 15 feet.