For Southerners, the sweet scent of magnolia blossoms means spring has arrived. This hardy hybrid is right at home in Growing Zones 4 to 8.
Spring brings gorgeous fuchsia blooms
The cold-hardy Jane Magnolia blooms a bit later than many magnolia varieties, making it a perfect choice for areas where a late frost is common. And it’s worth the wait – when the Jane Magnolia is ready to bloom, in late spring, it puts on a fabulous show.
The Jane Magnolia’s blossoms are large and fragrant, with a soft tulip shape in shades of pink to bright fuchsia on the outside, and delicate white inside. They’ll be the pride of your garden, with the kind of wow factor that will have passersby stopping to admire them.
The show’s not over
When the spring blossoms fall, the Jane Magnolia’s leathery dark-green leaves and easy multi-stemmed habit make it a versatile choice for an accent or a border. Pruned to your desired size and shape, it’s an airy, low-maintenance shrub. Without pruning, it will grow into a small tree, up to about 15 feet high. The Jane Magnolia spreads naturally into a pleasing, rounded shape. And best of all: don’t be surprised when the spectacular spring bloom is followed by occasional flowers all summer long.
A versatile easy keeper, too
The Jane Magnolia is one of eight magnolia ‘Girls’ developed at the U.S. National Arboretum in the 1950s. These attractive, vigorous trees are well-loved for their ability to thrive in a variety of soils and to tolerate summer heat and drought conditions, as well as chilly winters and springs. For the best blooms, choose a spot where your Jane Magnolia will bask in full morning sun, but be protected from the heat of mid-summer with a bit of afternoon shade, especially in warmer areas.