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Sweet Love Magnolia

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A wonderful hybrid magnolia selection, known for its froths of fragrant white flowers and upright habit of growth; fastigiate growing small tree, large leaves, flowers from a young age, excellent as a feature tree in the front yard

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Characteristics

Species:
sieboldii x 'Oriental Charm'
Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Magnolia
Cultivar:
Sweet Love
Branching:
excurrent
Plant Form:
upright
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

Sweet Love 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

Sweet Love Magnolia is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively large leaves can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with smaller foliage.

Planting & Growing

Sweet Love 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 40 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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