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Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Tree
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Leaf
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 842
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 888
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Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1215
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1216

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Butterflies Magnolia - single stem
Magnolia x acuminata 'Butterflies' PP 7,456
$475.00
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Everybody loves a Magnolia tree, and you probably see plenty of these pink- and white-flowering trees around your neighborhood each spring, but have you ever seen Magnolia ‘Butterflies,’ with its scrumptious banana-custard-yellow blooms?  The flowers line the bare branches like yellow tulips and have a gentle fragrance.  We are pleased to be able to offer this uncommon tree in two forms:  Our dense and bushy multi-stem Butterflies Magnolias will anchor your spring garden and do double-duty as some of the prettiest privacy trees you’ll ever see.  Our single-stem Butterflies make splendid specimens for your front yard landscaping and will have the neighbors asking, “What is that gorgeous tree?!”

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

In the late 1970s, gardeners who wanted a yellow Magnolia had to settle for ‘Elizabeth,’—a pretty tree, but one whose wide-open flowers are nearly white (although upon opening they are a fantastic butter-yellow).  The late plant breeder Phil Savage took on the task of creating a deeper yellow Magnolia, crossing our native Cucumber Magnolia with a Japanese species called Yulan.  The result—‘Butterflies’—was patented in 1991.  Magnolias are often shrubby by nature, but Butterflies can be trained to grow more tree-like—with a single trunk, as we offer here.

The Details

This tree is something else! If you want gorgeous yellow blossoms, look no further! Take this rare and hardy specimen home and enjoy large vivid yellow blossoms each spring. A unique addition to your collection, easy to grow, with very few pest problems.

How to Grow

The Butterflies Magnolia is a great tree and quite different than any other Magnolia that we grow on the nursery. What makes it different? This awesome Magnolia produces yellow flowers! These gorgeous yellow blooms appear very early in spring before the leaves emerge. Butterflies Magnolia is simple to grow and maintain. It prefers full sun and good, well-drained soil and is free of any major pest problems. For the first 3 or 4 years, applying a low rate fertilizer in the fall months is key. This not only helps your tree become established in your landscape, but also helps in producing new growth and flowers in the spring. While there are no pruning requirements for the Butterflies Magnolia, you may prune after it is done blooming if necessary.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 10-15'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' tall grown as a single stem tree form with lower branching removed in our #15 tree container in this size. Stem caliper about 1 1/2". Well developed canopy and structure. Makes a nice spring flowering shade tree.

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Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Tree
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Leaf
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 842
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 888
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 889
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1214
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1215
Butterflies Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1216