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MAGNOLIA (THE GIRLS SERIES)

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James H. Schutte

Family

Magnoliaceae

Botanical Name

MAGNOLIA( THE GIRLS SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Jane Magnolia, Magnolia

General Description

The Girls Series (Little Girl Series) of magnolias are the result of hybridization at the United States National Arboretum. They are all known for their beautiful array of cup and goblet shaped fragrant flowers. They bloom later than star and saucer magnolias and therefore their buds are not likely to be harmed by untimely spring frosts. Occasionally a few repeat flowers open during the summer.

Eight cultivars in the series were as a result of the cross between Magnolia nigra and M. stellata. Each carries slightly different growth habits, but are mostly grown for their array of flowers:

  • 'Susan' flowers are fuchsia or coral.
  • 'Ann' has medium and light pink blossoms.
  • 'Jane' flowers are a salmon pink or peach.
  • 'Judy' has dark pink petals with insides of pale pink or white.
  • 'Randy' blossoms are violet pink petals with insides of white.
  • 'Ricky' boasts twisted petals of dark violet that lighten toward the tips.
  • The violet red petals with white insides are characteristic of 'Betty'.
  • 'Pinkie' flowers are fuchsia at base and quickly lighten to a pale pink at the tips and the inside of the petals are white.

Magnolias should be planted in rich, well drained soils that are neutral to acidic. They may tolerate slightly alkaline soils at the risk of developing chlorosis, or yellowing of the leaves from a nutrient deficiency. They should be mulched around their base to help retain moisture and keep the soil cool. They also resent root disturbance, soil compaction, soggy or dry soils.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink, Fuchsia, Rose, Salmon, Peach, Dark Red, Lavender, Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No