Butterflies Magnolia - multi stem Leaf
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Butterflies Magnolia - multi stem Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Butterflies Magnolia - multi stem

Magnolia x acuminata 'Butterflies' PP7,456

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Everybody loves a Magnolia Tree, and you probably see plenty of these pink- and white-flowering Trees around your neighborhood each spring, but have you ever seen Magnolia ‘Butterflies,’ with its scrumptious banana-custard-yellow blooms?  The flowers line the bare branches like yellow tulips and have a gentle fragrance.  We are pleased to be able to offer this uncommon tree in two forms:  Our dense and bushy multi-stem Butterflies Magnolias will anchor your spring garden and do double-duty as some of the prettiest privacy Trees you’ll ever see.  Our single-stem Butterflies make splendid specimens for your front yard landscaping and will have the neighbors asking, “What is that gorgeous tree?!”

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

If roses bloom in red, pink, white, and yellow, people want a blue one. If Magnolias bloom in pink and white, people want a yellow one. The late plant breeder Phil Savage set out to answer the call for the latter. He crossed a Cucumber Magnolia (named for its lumpy green fruits) from Northern Ohio with a Japanese Magnolia called 'Sawada's Cream', grew a whole crop of seedlings on, and selected the best one: 'Butterflies'. Our 'multi-stem' Butterflies have a shrubby growth habit and make a dense screen in the summer. 

The Details

Star Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia, Yulan Magnolia, Loebner Magnolia. All of these spring harbingers bloom very early, giving us a welcome wake-up after a long winter. Sometimes a late frost spoils the show, however, leaving us feeling cheated. Butterflies Magnolia starts blooming a couple of weeks after these go-getters. It gives us that burst of spring color we're craving, while usually dodging icy weather. 

How to Grow

Give your Butterflies 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, Butterflies 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. Butterflies requires little pruning. 

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 20-25' Tall
Avg Mature Width 15' Wide
Spacing 10-15'
Growth Rate Moderate
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 Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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