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Galaxy Magnolia

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A can’t-miss accent tree for home landscapes, smothered in large purple-pink flowers in mid-spring, showy for miles around; a tidy tree the rest of the year with a rounded pyramid shape and a strong central leader, good for shade in the front yard

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
30 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Magnolia
Cultivar:
Galaxy
Branching:
excurrent
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
purple
Flower Bicolor:
shell pink
Flower Form:
cup
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
copper
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
moist

Ornamental Features

Galaxy Magnolia is clothed in stunning fragrant purple cup-shaped flowers with shell pink overtones held atop the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Galaxy Magnolia is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Galaxy Magnolia will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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