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Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

(Magnolia, 'Little Gem')

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Quick Overview:

‘Little Gem’ is a much smaller and slower growing cultivar that typically grows as a compact upright multi-stemmed shrub or small tree to 20’ tall over the first 20 years. It features glossy green leaves (to 5” long) that are bronze-brown underneath. Leaves typically drop to the ground in spring as new foliage emerges. Fragrant white flowers (to 4” diameter) bloom in summer. Seedling discovered by Warren Steed, owner of Steed's Nursery, in Candor NC.


‘Little Gem’ is winter hardy to USDA Zone 7. It is not considered reliably winter hardy. This small tree may become somewhat deciduous in hard winters. It is best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Part shade may be best. It is generally intolerant of soil extremes (dry or wet). It is also intolerant of many urban pollutants.

Additional Information

Common Name Magnolia, 'Little Gem'
Botanical Name Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Container/Amount 25 gallon
Plant Category Tree
Evergreen or Deciduous Evergreen
Hardiness Zone 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Height 20 ft.
Width to 15 ft.
Growth Rate Slow
Light Requirements Sun, Part-sun, Part-shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period Spring to Frost
Flower Color White
Fragrance Yes
Foliage Color Green
Berry Color No
Deer Resistant No

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