Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Tree
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Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Tree
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem
Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'
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When the grass turns greener, the birds are singing, and it starts to look, feel, and smell like spring, that's when Leonard Messel Magnolia joins in, adding bunches of fragrant frilly pink blossoms to the celebrations. We love this dependable hybrid Magnolia tree. It's so easy to grow and trouble-free - all you'll have to do is sit back and enjoy the show! The flowers are more resistant to frost than those of other Magnolias, too , should Old Man Winter decide he isn't done with us yet. Plant this choice ornamental tree in a front island bed, in your entryway garden, or - better yet - by your back patio, where you and your guests can savor this fresh breath of springtime.

Growth Facts

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

Leonard Messel was a lieutenant colonel in the British Army, but when WWI broke out, he was barred from fighting because his father was German. He did what he could for the war effort, anyway—training troops in East Kent. During the war, he wrote hundreds of letters to the young men he had trained, and he wrote heartfelt letters to their parents when they didn’t go home. This lovely Magnolia, which originated in Messel’s garden, is usually grown as a large shrub. Our Tree-Form Messels offer a different look.

The Details

Leonard Messel, son of Ludwig Messel, took over the famous garden at Nymans in Sussex, England in 1916. Nymans is famous for its collection of Magnolias that were under the Messel's care for generations. This low-branched specimen is a great addition to any garden, even the small ones! And the flowers are the best part. Appearing in spring, these fragrant flowers are deep pink on the outside and creamy white on the inside. Dark green leaves follow. A Cary Award winner from the Worcester County Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness and eye-appeal.

How to Grow

One of the hardiest and easiest-to-grow Magnolias, this beauty does best in full sun and well-drained soil. When it comes to young trees, it is best to apply fertilizer in the fall for the first 3 or 4 years to help them establish a strong root system and produce healthy new growth. For the Leonard Messel Magnolia, a low rate fertilizer would work well. Minimal pruning is necessary, but if needed prune in late spring or early summer. This Magnolia has no major insect or disease problems.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 10-15'
Growth Rate Medium-Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Light Pink
Flower Time Early Spring
Cary Award Winner Yes
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 Yes
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. Bower & Branch grows these in this single stem form, more tree like when we remove lower branching. Grown in our #15 tree container with strong stem caliper around 1 1/2".

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Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Tree
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Leaf
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 845
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 891
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 892
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 893
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 894
Leonard Messel Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1227