Edith Bogue Magnolia Tree (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’)

Edith Bogue Magnolia Tree

  • Fragrant White Flowers the Size of Dinner Plates
  • Flowers Last for Weeks through Mid-Summer
  • Hardy and Vigorous
  • Narrow Form Fits Modern Lots
  • Showy Red Seeds Feed Birds
  • Dark Green, Glossy Foliage Remains Evergreen in Warmer Zones
  • Can Be Planted Near Houses
  • Grows Further North Than Other Southern Magnolia
  • Strong Branches Resist Wind Damage and Wet Snowfall
  • Easy Care

Looking for a flowering lawn specimen tree? They don’t come much showier than Edith Bogue Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’). You’ll love the foot-wide flowers that smell lemony-fresh for many weeks!

Edith Bogue is a carefully cultivated, improved variety of Southern Magnolia that works beautifully, even in smaller gardens. This is a durable, cold-hardy variety that flourishes as far north as the Pacific Northwest.

It features attractive bark and a well-balanced branch structure, so it looks nice all year-long. Site your new tree carefully and selectively prune limbs as needed to create a “perfect fit” for your landscape.

In spring, you’ll be thrilled to see creamy white petals fall open from the dramatically tall, prominent flower buds. The flowers start to unfurl, perfuming your landscape in late spring or early summer.

Float a bloom in a shallow bowl of water for a lovely cut flower arrangement. You might have to go shopping to find a bowl large enough!

Site a hammock stand underneath your Magnolia tree. You’ll love observing it up close! Breathe deep to savor that amazing scent.

Enjoy these tropical-looking flowers through early summer. The butterflies certainly will; dancing and flying over the tree to visit the blooms.

Like other Magnolias, the leaves, branches and even the fleshy roots smell like spiced vanilla. The large, elongated leaves are very attractive, as well.

Use a few long,slender branches with their two-toned leaves intact to create seasonal wreaths for your front door. Each leaf is lustrous and dark green on the top, rusty-brown on the bottom.

In areas with mild winters, the leaves may remain on the tree all year-long. These semi-evergreen leaves behave as a deciduous tree in cold winters.

In fall, you can feel great about doing your part to feed the local songbirds. The hungry birds look for the showy, red seeds and feast on them quickly.

There is nothing as grand as a pyramidal Magnolia in the landscape. Edith Bogue Magnolia is a beautiful tree and choosing it makes you look smart.

How to Use Edith Bogue Magnolia in the Landscape

Oh, the joys of planting a Magnolia! Each tree can become a valuable living piece of art with careful attention to finding their “best side”.

When you get your new tree, unpack it and dunk the containerized tree into a big tub of water until the bubbles stop coming up. Once the soil is saturated, the fun can start.

They won’t like to be moved once they get their roots settled in your soil, so it’s good to study your new tree in its container. Move it around, and turn it in a circle to see all sides. Live with it for a little while.

Once you have the best angle facing the direction you want, go ahead and get it planted. We do recommend you include a packet of Nature Hills Root Booster, which provides life-long benefit to your tree.

Use one as a traffic-stopping specimen tree. Or,use several and allow their lower branches to fill in and become a lovely flowering privacy hedge.

For a solid screen, plant 8 to 10 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. The canopies will grow together and touch.

These trees make spectacular “living green fences” as far north as St. Louis! With a deep root system, Edith Bogue can be used near your house.

Plant one 20 feet out from the corner of your house as an elegant anchor for your foundation planting. It will develop into a wonderfully showy accent.

Remove lawn and mulch the planting bed with pine straw or pine bark. If you want to underplant your tree with shrubs or perennials, do it while the tree is young and just getting established. Mature Magnolias are a bit fussy about being disturbed.

Tips for Care

Magnolia trees appreciate full sun all day long. Enjoy the best flowering if you plant in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

They do best in slightly acidic soils that drain quickly. It’s best to apply a three-inch layer of pine straw or pine bark mulch. You’ll increase the soil acidity naturally. Pull mulch away from your trunk and reapply regularly.

The trees will need a regular schedule of supplemental water, if you don’t get a good rain. Consistent water to the root system is especially important when the plants are young.

Once they are established, older plants can tolerate a bit of occasional drought. However, we recommend that you protect your investment with a long,deep soak as needed.

Prune to remove broken limbs after the spring blooms are past. You can shape your tree at that time, but we recommend you take your time to create a pruning plan before you pick up the loppers.

Deer don’t tend to prefer this tree. However, deer are curious and hungry, so it’s a good idea to apply deer repellent to new trees. Reapply according to directions on the label.

Edith Bogue Magnolia Tree (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’) Details

Common name Edith Bogue Magnolia Tree
Botanical name Magnolia grandiflora 'Edith Bogue'
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 40 - 60 ft.
Width 20 - 30 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color White