Magnolia 'Solar Flair'
Common Name: magnolia
Type: Tree
Family: Magnoliaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Bloom Time: March
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy

Culture

Best grown in organically rich, neutral to slightly acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Appreciates a root-zone mulch to help retain soil moisture. Also appreciates a location protected from strong winds, but avoid warm southern exposures which may promote premature bud opening in spring. Fleshy root system is easily damaged during transplanting, so it is best to select a landscape location carefully and leave this magnolia undisturbed once planted. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Usually requires little pruning other than removal of dead or damaged branches.

Noteworthy Characteristics

The genus Magnolia consists of about 100 species (plus numerous additional hybrids and cultivars) of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs. Most plants feature large simple leaves and showy, sometimes fragrant flowers (yellow, white, pink or purple) which bloom in early spring before or while the leaves are emerging or in late spring to summer when trees are fully leaved.

Genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).

‘Solar Flair’ is a yellow-flowered hybrid magnolia whose parents are M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ and M. ‘Gold Star’. This is a deciduous, straight-trunked tree with a pyramidal crown that is expected to mature over time to about 30’ tall. Upright, deep yellow flowers (to 5” tall) appear in spring before the foliage emerges. Each flower is tinged light rose at the base. Medium green leaves (to 8” long and 6” wide) are textured.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Potential disease problems include leaf spots, anthracnose, canker, dieback and powdery mildew. Potential insect problems include weevils, snails, scale, and thrips.

Garden Uses

Spring flowering tree that may be planted as a specimen or in small groups.