Merrill Magnolia Tree (Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’)

Merrill Magnolia Tree

  • Expertly Shaped Into Useful Single Trunk Tree Form
  • Showy Spring Flowers Appear on Bare Branches
  • Blooms Later to Protect Against Cruel Winter Freezes
  • Beautiful White Flowers Accented with Pink-Blushed Base
  • 15 Petals Per Bloom
  • Fragrant Blooms Smell Fresh and Mild
  • Lovely Cut Flowers
  • Fine-Textured Narrow Leaves
  • Dense Branching
  • Vigorous
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Cold Hardy

Swap snow for snowy white blooms that are kissed with light pink in spring. These robust trees are carefully sculpted into a single trunk tree form for you by our tree experts.

With star-shaped blooms, Merrill Magnolia Tree Form (Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’) put on a glorious flowering display. Thankfully, the blooms open a bit later than other varieties to help protect against sneaky freezes from Old Man Winter.

Showy Merrill buds unfurl to lush blooms that are held on bare branches. Pristine tips deepen into a pink-kissed base, and are punctuated with a yellow eye. Each bloom contains up to 15 petals.

These natural hybrids are a modern breakthrough. People across much of the United States can enjoy their beauty, even in smaller yards.

It’s not just people that admire their flower power, either. You’ll delight in the antics of your local butterflies and honey bees, who come calling at these nectar-rich early resources.

Keep your camera close and start collecting all the different species. This gorgeous tree form is an ecologically sound, “feel good” choice, for sure.

Trim a branch or two to bring indoors. These stunning, fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers make very sophisticated cut flower arrangements.

As spring wears on, you’ll appreciate their luxuriant, pointed green foliage densely held on the profuse branching. You’ll get your money’s worth from these valuable trees.

Screen out unsightly views. Shade your patio. Separate your space in a beautiful way with help from Merrill Magnolia.

How to Use Merrill Magnolia in the Landscape

With froths of fragrant white flowers and picturesque habit of growth, these exquisite trees are formal enough to place in the front yard foundation planting. Place one at the corner of your house to anchor the foundation planting.

Choose this natural hybrid Magnolia selection, which is excellent as a feature tree in front yard lawn plantings. Underplant with spring-blooming bulbs, evergreen groundcover and smaller summer-blooming shrubs in a well-mulched bed. You’ll look like a professional garden designer for very little effort.

If you have a sunny side yard, place a row of them to define your property line. Your neighbor will be so thankful for this “friendly fence”.

They also look terrific as an effective, large-scale privacy screen. Place them 15 feet apart on center, measuring from trunk to trunk.

Place them near your kitchen window, or behind your patio seating. You’ll want to study their glamorous blooms up close.

Add to the sunny side of windbreaks for a graceful flowering accent. Create excitement with several Magnolia varieties, or include Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, Chickasaw Plum and Spring Snow Crabapples, too.

Tips for Care

Give Merrill Magnolia full sun. They’ll flower best with at least six hours of sunshine a day.

Magnolias love slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Create a raised bed with additional soil, if you need to improve drainage.

Apply pine straw or pine bark mulch to a depth of three inches over the root system. Please pull back the mulch at least six inches all around the trunk to give proper air circulation.

Magnolias like to have evenly moist soil, not too dry and not too wet. If you don’t get rainfall, apply a regular schedule of supplemental moisture.

Wait to prune to shape or correct until after it is finished blooming. Use a light hand, and preplan your pruning cuts.

Merrill Magnolia Tree (Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’) Details

Common name Merrill Magnolia Tree
Botanical name Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 20 - 30 ft.
Width 20 - 25 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color White, Pink