Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: any moist, well-drained soil, including chalky
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: August to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A smaller version of the bull bay, this evergreen shrub is ideal for smaller gardens- or for training against a courtyard wall. It has an upright habit and throughout the year, the branches are clothed with 12cm long dark green leaves that have a furry, rusty orange underside. This becomes quite an attractive feature as the tree matures and is viewed from beneath. It's when the creamy white late summer flowers appear however that these impressive plants are at their best.
- Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot, away from strong winds. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in spring. The best time to plant is in April, adding plenty of peat to the planting hole, in a sheltered spot. Mulch in spring with manure or leafmould, especially on dry soils.
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Q:How tall are these trees when they arrive? Is there something else that's non-deciduous, but more suitable for a sunny, but windy garden? I need two big specimens. I love the Little Gem - I had two from new in NZ, but the cold wind here might be a problem. I need a visual shelter from the neighbours.
Sorry, lots of questions and criteria! Thank you.Asked on 26/1/2016 by arcadia queen from Oxford
This Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' in a 5lt pot will be approx 60-80cm tall when delivered, but as you say it needs a sheltered spot away from strong winds so I wouldn't recommend this plant for your windy garden. All the evergreen magnolias are going to need a sheltered sunny spot.
This is a hard position to fill as although there are some deciduous trees that will tolerate the wind, there are very few evergreen that we sell which are suitable.
I have attached below links to evergreen and deciduous trees that will like a sunny aspect, and tolerate wind.
Hope this helps.Answered on 27/1/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I see this plant is slow growing, will it flower in the early years or only when it is more mature?Asked on 2/1/2015 by bjm from Dorset
Yes this magnolia is quite slow growing, but as this specimen is in a 7.5lt pot, it will be about 3 years old, so as long as it has the right conditions you should have flowers within a couple of years. Hope this helps.Answered on 5/1/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Will I be able to keep this plant in a large pot? How large will it need to be, please? I'd like to buy one now for my husband's birthday in April. We plan to move house in May and I'd like to keep the plant in a pot for the first year or so at least. We have the ideal sunny, sheltered spot in our new garden.Asked on 31/3/2014 by handmadebysoo from Kent
Yes it will be fine in a pot until you can plant out in your new garden, but I would plant it in large container, approx 60cm diameter.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 1/4/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Will this plant be okay in clay soil and does it have fragrance?Asked on 20/2/2014 by Al from New Malden Surrey
Yes, this magnolia is ok in a clay soil as long as it is well-drained, and the flowers are fragrant. I hope this helpsAnswered on 21/2/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Some evergreens need a large expanse on a warm wall and these include Magnolia grandiflora and Clematis armandii. Both have leathery green foliage and both stand out well in winter. Magnolia grandiflora is well named for its enormous lemon-scented whiteRead full article