Yellow Bird Magnolia - single stem Tree
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Yellow Bird Magnolia - single stem Tree
Yellow Bird Magnolia - single stem Leaf

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Yellow Bird Magnolia - single stem

Magnolia x acuminata 'Yellow Bird'

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Wait a minute -- are those CANARIES in that Tree? Yellow Bird Magnolia will make you look twice. This fun Tree sports jaunty flowers that aren't the usual Magnolia-pink or Magnolia-white, but luminous yellow! They perch themselves among the newly emerged leaves like a flock of wayward canaries. Yellow Bird is a fast-growing Tree that will soon become an impressive feature of your landscape. Plant it in your lawn as a specimen, or use it to anchor a sunny border near your front door or along your property line. It will make your garden sing!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

In 1953, a group of plant breeders at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden embarked on a project to develop new Magnolia Trees. One Tree they used in their work was our native American Cucumber Tree, so named because of its long, green fruits. Other researchers had ignored this Tree, which was unfortunate, because it possessed what few other Magnolias could claim -- yellow flowers! Yellow Bird was one of the shining stars that resulted from their program, but it took a long time for the exciting plant to reach the gardening public. It was introduced in 1981. 

The Details

Yellow Bird blooms a bit later than many Magnolias -- shortly after the leaves emerge. As a result, the flowers are less likely to be hit by a late freeze, a common problem with spring-blooming Magnolias in some parts of the country. 

How to Grow

Give your Yellow Bird 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, Yellow Bird dislikes both very wet and very dry conditions, so plant it a couple 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. Yellow Bird requires little pruning. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 30-45' Tall
Avg Mature Width 20-25' Wide
Spacing 20-25'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Yellow
Flower Time Early 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 No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Yellow Bird Magnolia - single stem Tree
Yellow Bird Magnolia - single stem Leaf