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Merrill Magnolia

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A wonderful hybrid magnolia selection, known for its early spring bloom in froths of fragrant white flowers and picturesque habit of growth; fast growing and very hardy, flowers from a young age, excellent as a feature tree in the front yard

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Characteristics

Species:
x loebneri
Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Magnolia
Cultivar:
Merrill
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
white
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Form:
star
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

Merrill Magnolia is bathed in stunning fragrant white star-shaped flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruits are showy pink pods displayed from early to mid fall.

Landscape Attributes

Merrill Magnolia is a deciduous tree with 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

Merrill Magnolia will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 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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