Kay Parris Magnolia Tree (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’)

Kay Parris Magnolia Tree

  • Incredible Creamy-White, Fragrant Flowers
  • Late-Blooming Variety Wins Against Frost
  • Summer Blooms Last for Weeks
  • Rare Fast-Growing Magnolia Variety
  • Cold Hardy Southern Magnolia
  • Works Beautifully in Small Space Gardens
  • Dense Branch Structure and Compact Form Resist Wind Damage
  • Foliage is Dark Green and Extremely Glossy on Top; Deep Orange-Brown Underneath
  • Beautiful Red Seeds Feed Songbirds
  • Deep Root System Can Be Used Near Houses
  • Grows Further North Than Other Southern Magnolia
  • Easy Care
  • Remains Evergreen in Warmer Zones

Imagine enjoying the magnificent look and heavenly scent of Southern Magnolias in a courtyard,or condo-sized lot. No matter if you live in Cleveland, or St. Louis, you can successfully grow a Southern Magnolia—in record time!

The petite Kay Parris Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’) grows quickly into a sturdy, well-branched dwarf tree. It is remarkably cold-hardy and behaves so nicely in small landscapes.

Of course, you’ll relish the large white flowers that smell like lemony-sunshine. They last and last, but start blooming a bit later than other varieties.

That’s a good thing if you live further north. The savvy blossoms play to win against Old Man Winter.

Use these gorgeous, showy flowers in cut flower arrangements. Float one in a shallow bowl, or add branches in bloom to a tall vase, weighted with glass beads at the bottom.

The amazing sight and fresh scent of these flowers will make your day. Even if you just leave them on your tree, you’ll delight in seeing a variety of butterflies visit each bloom several times a day.

Keep your camera ready! Start a fun new hobby and make custom greeting cards and calendars with your photos.

Become an active participant to support the needs of pollinators. Kay Parris Magnolia makes it so easy!

All summer-long—and throughout the year in warmer climates—beautiful leaves provide attractive shade. Decorate your patio with a Kay Parris planted in a mulched bed behind your seating area.

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

As the growing season winds down, you’ll want to look for the beautiful red seed heads. Be quick about it, as they are here and gone. Hungry songbirds feast on them quickly.

Use these marvelous trees as a single specimen, or create a truly effective informal grouping of them. You’ll never, ever regret this choice.

How to Use Kay Parris Magnolia in the Landscape

With a small, upright form, Kay Parris makes a wonderful anchor tree at the corner of your foundation planting. Extend your mulched bed to include one spaced 12 feet from your house.

Commercial property owners can use them as a noteworthy avenue, evenly spaced along the campus drive. For individual trees that will not touch, plant 20 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Add several to a berm planting, or as a feature planting set out into the yard. Vary the spacing 12 – 20 feet apart in a loose triangle.

Remove sod and mulch underneath. Underplant with smaller flowering and evergreen shrubs and perennials as you install the trees.

Take advantage of their dense foliage as a useful flowering privacy screen. Plant them eight feet apart on center if you want the canopies to grow together and touch

.This tree becomes a very effective “living wall” to divide your lot into a series of outdoor rooms. This old designer secret will make your lot live much larger!

Add different seating areas on either side of your Kay Parris “wall” and enjoy the good life.

Take your time when siting your new trees. Spend time studying all the angles.

When sited correctly, our gorgeous native Magnolias develop into a perfect sculptural accent for your landscape. Don’t be afraid to sculpt your tree with judicious pruning, if needed.

Tips for Care

Give your trees a spot in full sun, where Kay Parris will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. You’ll have the best flowering display with plenty of sunshine.

They will perform at their best in slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Use a raised bed, if you need to improve drainage.

In alkaline soils, use a three-inch layer of pine straw or pine bark mulch, which breaks down to naturally increase the soil acidity. Never let mulch touch the trunk, and reapply annually.

Provide a regular schedule of supplemental water, if you don’t receive enough rain. Soak your young plants to ensure their root systems are adequately hydrated.

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

If you need to prune your tree, wait until after the spring blooms are past. Create a pruning plan before you pick up the loppers. Decide which limbs you want to keep, then remove anything you need to.

Even though Magnolias are not a preferred plant for deer, it’s always a good idea to apply deer repellent to new trees. They are curious and hungry. Reapply according to directions on the label.

Add these “right-sized”, cold-hardy cultivars of Southern Magnolia to your landscape this season. Consider yourself lucky!

Kay Parris Magnolia Tree (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’) Details

Common name Kay Parris Magnolia Tree
Botanical name Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'
Plant type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Hardiness zone 6-9
Growth rate Fast
Height 20 - 30 ft.
Width 10 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color White