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Deciduous forms of magnolia are spectacular additions to any spring landscape. Among the most popular of deciduous forms are star magnolia (M. stellata) and saucer magnolia (M. x soulangiana), but several others are available along with their many hybrids, which provide a wide variety of flower colors from red to white, yellow, pink, or purple. The most common color available is pink, but others should be tried such as ‘Elizabeth’, an older selection with creamy yellow flowers, or ‘Butterflies’, a newer selection with deep yellow flowers. Flowers of deciduous magnolias appear just before or while the leaves are emerging in spring. Early flowering varieties can be damaged by late frosts; avoid placing plants in a southern exposure where flowers will open early. Deciduous magnolias can range in size from small to medium shrubs to large trees.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained, acid soil, but is adaptable
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4-9
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