Red Baron Magnolia - single stem Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Red Baron Magnolia - single stem

Magnolia x 'Red Baron'
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Magnolias are staples of the South, beautifying landscapes with their big, bold flowers and wafting a heavenly perfume into the air. But why should Southerners get to have all the fun? Red Baron lets gardeners in the North experience the pleasures of Magnolia-growing, too! Bred in Wisconsin, this hardy Tree endures the rigors of northern winters and still puts on a fine show in spring. The bowl-shaped blooms are rosy red on the outside, white within, and they smell divine. Plant Red Baron as a lawn specimen, or include it in any of the sunny mixed borders around your property. Gorgeous!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 8-10'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

Most spring-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? The late Dennis Ledvina brought this beauty to life. Ledvina, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, was a math teacher by trade, but he liked to breed Magnolias in his spare time. Plant breeding was more than just a hobby for him -- his lovely and cold-hardy selections became internationally acclaimed. To produce Red Baron, he crossed the American Cucumber Tree Magnolia with an Asian hybrid called 'Big Dude'. 

The Details

Red Baron blooms a bit later than many Magnolias -- shortly after the leaves begin to 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 Red Baron 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, Red Baron 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. Red Baron requires little, if any, pruning to maintain its neat, compact shape.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 15-20' Tall
Avg Mature Width 10' Wide
Spacing 8-10'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Reddish-Pink/White
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 Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
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. Branching begins above 4'. Stem caliper 1 1/2" grown in our #15 tree container.

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Red Baron Magnolia - single stem Tree