Common Name: magnolia
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: White with pink blush
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut
Best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Generally intolerant of soil extremes (dry or wet). Intolerant of most urban pollutants. May take 3-4 years before first blooms appear. Best sited in a protected location, because early spring frosts can damage flowers.
Loebner magnolia is a deciduous hybrid magnolia (M. kobus x M. stellata). It is a small tree typically growing to 20-30’ tall with a rounded crown. It is more often grown in a multi-trunked form than as a single trunk tree. ‘Ballerina’ is a popular cultivar (M. x loebneri ‘Spring Snow’ x M. stellata ‘Water Lily’) that is noted for its large white flowers that are blushed with pink. It produces its fragrant, star-like white flowers (4-6” wide) in early spring before the foliage (late March into early April in St. Louis). Each flower has 30 or more tepals that are blushed with faint pink at the base. Obovate, medium green leaves (to 5” long). Genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715). Specific epithet honors Max Loebner, a German horticulturist, who made the first cross of this hybrid in the early 1900s.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Beautiful specimen flowering tree for lawns.