Marillyn Magnolia Tree
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Marillyn Magnolia Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8
  • Spacing: 12-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Marillyn Magnolia

Magnolia lilliflora 'Nigra' x Magnolia kobus

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Early spring–blooming Magnolias are one of life’s sweetest simple pleasures. These enchanting trees make a jubilant display of pink or white flowers as soon as the weather turns mild and winter is fading into memory. Marilyn Magnolia is an early bloomer that celebrates the changing of the seasons with 5-inch, rosy purple blossoms that look like tulips perched on the branches. The lightly fragrant flowers are borne in abundance. In summer, the 7-inch leaves give this flashy tree a bold presence, and in winter, the big, fuzzy, silvery buds hint at the floral show to come. Delightful!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-8
  • Spacing: 12-20'
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Most early-blooming Magnolias are native to Asia, although they’re treasured all over the temperate world. Who can resist falling for these over-the-top beauties? Marilyn is a hybrid selection developed from Asian parents, the ‘Nigra’ Lily Magnolia from China and the Kobus Magnolia from Japan and Korea. The new tree took after its ‘Nigra’ parent in flower color (Kobus is a white bloomer). It was introduced to the trade by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1989. Marilyn is a choice tree that’s hard to find, and we’re very pleased to add it to our collection.

The Details

Marilyn Magnolia is a compact grower with a shrubby habit. It can be readily pruned to make the perfect specimen tree for the smaller property. It’s also a lovely addition to a seasonal privacy screen.

How to Grow

Marilyn Magnolia benefits from all-day sun, rich soil, and regular irrigation. This tree doesn’t like “wet feet,” so make sure drainage is adequate and don’t plant it too deeply; we recommend planting all trees 2 in. above grade, and this is especially important for Magnolias. Mulch well. You can prevent damage from late frosts to some extent by not planting your tree in a low spot where cold air pools—make sure that air circulates freely in the area. Any pruning should be done immediately after flowering, as the next year’s flower buds are set during the summer.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun - Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 10-15'
Avg Mature Width 8-12'
Spacing 12-20'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Dark Green
Fall Leaf Color Copper-Bronze
Flower Color Purple
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color N/A
Fruit Time N/a
Foliage Color Dark Green
Bloom Time 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 No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Marillyn Magnolia Tree
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