Sunsation Magnolia - multi stem Tree
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Sunsation Magnolia - multi stem Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid to Late Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Sunsation Magnolia - multi stem

Magnolia x 'Sunsation'
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Outrageous! Sunsation Magnolia will be a traffic-stopper in your landscape in spring. Brakes will squeal as gawkers stop to get a better look. “What kind of tree covers itself in huge (seven-inch) yellow flowers?” they’ll wonder. Sunsation becomes even more fascinating upon closer inspection, when you notice the rosy-pink brushstroke at the base of each creamy yellow petal. The color combo is unexpected but lovely. Unlike many spring-blooming Magnolias, Sunsation rarely gets zapped by late frosts. It blooms later than most, almost always avoiding subfreezing temperatures. You can depend on it to put on a stellar performance!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid to Late Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Dr. August “Augie” Kerr was a passionate plantsman who worked for Louisiana State University, Iowa State, and finally, the USDA, in Beltsville, Maryland. He worked on breeding projects to produce better onions, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, as well as many ornamental plants. In 1978, Dr. Kerr retired to North Carolina and continued to breed plants on his own time. One of his major interests was Magnolias, and since his new home sat in a frost pocket, he was especially interested in breeding later-flowering types. Sunsation Magnolia was one of his most remarkable achievements to this end. The tree was introduced in 2000.

The Details

Sunsation waits until it’s safe to flower, which means that the leaves are emerging when the blossoms appear. However, the foliage is not yet fully expanded at that time, so the flashy flowers are not hidden. Your view of the show will be unimpeded!

How to Grow

Give your Sunsation Magnolia a sunny spot in a well-drained site, and it will be happy. A rich, organic, slightly acid soil will result in the best growth. Like most Magnolia Trees, Sunsation dislikes both very wet and very dry conditions, so plant it a couple of inches above grade to improve drainage, and supply it with regular water, especially during the first year or two of establishment. A generous layer of mulch will help in regulating soil moisture levels as well as evening out root zone temperatures. Sunsation requires little pruning.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun - Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20-25'
Avg Mature Width 6-8'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Dark Green
Flower Color Golden Yellow
Flower Time Mid to Late Spring
Fruit Color N/A
Fruit Time N/A
Foliage Color Dark Green
Bloom Time Mid to Late Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
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 Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: A

Size A

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Size A Trees:

4' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although one person can load this size tree into a van or SUV, its large container and branching prevent it from fitting into a box.

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Sunsation Magnolia - multi stem Tree