Magnolia Tree Seeds
Note: These are pre-stratified acer
seeds, ready for sowing as soon as you receive them. Due to the
difficulty in germinating some of these seeds, we make no
warranty other than to replace seeds that do not
Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will
benefit greatly from using the CAPE Smoke
Seed Germination Primer that we use in our own greenhouses.
We find we receive significantly better germination results
when we use this primer on these types of seeds.
FDR108 Lily Magnolia ( Magnolia liliiflora )
This magnolia is a shrub, not a tree. Lily magnolia is a bushy, rounded deciduous shrub which gets up to 13 feet high with a spread about the same. The leaves are large, to 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. The goblet shaped fragrant flowers are pink to purplish, about 3 inches across and produced in spring and sporadically through the summer.
Lily magnolia is best used as a specimen shrub. Its smallish size makes it suitable for the home landscape.
USDA Zones 6-9. Magnolia liliiflora has been known to survive winter temperatures as low as -4°F. Some of the cultivars and hybrids are hardy to zone 5. Lily magnolia does poorly in hot, dry climates. Late frosts sometimes damage early flowers.
FDR109 Cucumber Tree ( Magnolia acuminata )
Magnolia acuminata, commonly called the cucumber tree, cucumber magnolia or blue magnolia, is one of the largest magnolias, and one of the cold-hardiest. It is a large forest tree of the Eastern United States and Southern Ontario, Canada. It is a tree that tends to occur singly as scattered specimens, rather than in groves.
Unlike most magnolias, the flowers are not showy. They are typically small, yellow-green, and borne high in the tree in April through June. The leaves of Magnolia acuminata are pointed at the tip and provide it with its name - 'acuminate' means tapering to a fine point. The name Cucumber Tree refers to the unripe fruit, which is green and often shaped like a small cucumber.
One of the few magnolias that will serve as a shade or lawn tree. Needs a large space. Flowers are fragrant and foliage releases a slightly spicy fragrance when crushed.
Hardy for zones 3-8.
FDR107 Saucer Magnolia ( Magnolia x soulangeana )
The Saucer Magnolia is a beautiful ornamental tree that would serve as a lovely specimen plant for your front or side yard. The Magnolia prefers a bit of protection, so placement beside your house or outbuilding would be good choice.
The most endearing feature of this tree is its early spring cup-like blossoms that are white with a purple blush. The unique 6-10 inch blooms lend the tree an enchanting appearance as the flowers appear like delicate goblets placed among the leafless branches.
The sweet fragrance will soon draw nectar and pollen-gathering insects to your yard. Hummingbirds will particularly love to sip from the blossomed cups as the Magnolia's serves up its spring bounty.
As summer advances, vibrant 6 inch long, medium green leaves will fill out your Magnolia. It can reach a height of 25 feet with an equal spread. Without pruning, this tree takes on a multi-stemmed branching habit that lends it a lovely rounded form, with a symmetry that will compliment any location in your yard. In the fall, your Magnolia's leaves will turn an earthy yellow-brown, to accent the more common brighter fall colors.
The Saucer Magnolia is a beautiful ornamental tree for your yard with unique spring flowers you will enjoy for years to come.
Best suited for zones 5-9.
RLP043 Sweet Michelia ( Magnolia doltsopa )
A beautiful, small to medium-sized tree with large, drooping leaves and big white, heavily scented flowers, native to forests in the Himalayas from Nepal and Tibet to Yunnan in China.
This 15 foot tree produces very fragrant 3-4 inch flowers that last a long time. The fragrant blossoms are open most all year long in zones 10-11b. Requires partial shade and does not like dry soil. Watering required in hot dry weather.
Will tolerate light frosts, best suited for zones 9-11.
FDR101 Yulan Magnolia ( Magnolia denudata )
Good tree for zones 6-9, with showy, fragrant flowers. Native to eastern and southern China, Yulan magnolia is a small deciduous tree that typically grows 30-40' tall with a rounded spreading crown. It is also sometimes grown as a large shrub. Obovate leaves (to 6" long) are dark green above and light green below. Fragrant goblet-shaped white flowers (to 4-6" across), typically with 9 thick white petals, bloom in spring. Flowers bloom before the leaves emerge, as per the specific epithet of denudata (barren or leafless). Flowers give way to cone-like fruits that mature to red in late summer, releasing individual red coated seeds suspended on slender threads at maturity. Synonymous with and formely known as Magnolia heptapeta. Genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715). However, this species has been grown in Chinese gardens for at least 1000 years.
FDR102 Southern Magnolia ( Magnolia grandiflora )
Southern magnolia is a large, broad-leafed evergreen tree that can grow 60-90 feet in height with a trunk up to 2-3 feet in diameter. It's trunk is typically straight and erect with spreading branches that form a dense, broadly pyramidal crown. The evergreen leaves are large 5-8 inches long, leathery and dark glossy green above with rusty, velveteen undersides. Southern magnolia has large, showy white flowers that are 8-12 inches in diameter. These have a pleasant fragrance and appear throughout the spring and summer. The fruits are reddish-brown conelike structures, 2-4 inches long, with bright red kidney shaped seeds that hang from little threads when fully mature in autumn.
A magnificent magnolia blossom stirs a lemony scent into the soft summer breezes.
This native American tree occurs on the coastal plain from North Carolina, south to central Florida, and west to east Texas.
This spectacular tree is beloved by gardeners and planted all over the world wherever it can be grown.
Requires full sun to partial shade. Southern magnolia is extremely drought tolerant. It does best, however, in rich, well-drained, acidic soils. Hardy for USDA Zones 7-9.
The magnolia is used as a street tree, a free standing specimen, a framing tree, or shade tree. It has some limited use in the forest products trade where its wood is made into veneer for plywood and wooden crates to transport vegetables.
A distinctive evergreen tree with large, showy, fragrant flowers, the southern magnolia is the State Flower of Mississippi and Louisiana, and itself a southern tradition. Southern magnolia should be a part of every cultivated landscape in zones 7-9 that is large enough for a full-size tree.
FDR103 Sweet Bay Magnolia ( Magnolia virginana )
A small to medium-sized, multi-trunked ornamental tree or very large ornamental shrub
maturing at about 20' tall by 15' wide in its northern range, but over two times larger in its southern range with upright oval growth habit with layered sympodial branching, becoming more rounded with age.
Flowers are creamy and mildly fragrant when sniffed close-up, with a few flowers opening continuously from late May throughout June, and sporadically thereafter
sparsely flowering over a long period, but noticeable against a solid green foliage background.
This is a wonderful lawn tree for zones 5-9.