Southern magnolias native range is from southeast coastal N. C.
along coastal plain to central Florida, then west to southeastern Texas.
Hybridization has resulted in more hardy forms so their distribution has
expanded greatly to warmer areas globally.
Native species are usually in the 50' height range
Southern beauties work landscape wonders
Magnolias can function beautifully as a specimen plant,
groupings of 3-5 or so, and as a hedge or property screen
Magnolias come in a wide variety of sizes from about
20' to 60'. Smaller ones are great for smaller yards ;
larger varieties work well for more expansive yards
as well as parks, commercial use, etc.
Some varieties are cold hardy to USDA zone 6
e.g. Cincinnati, Ohio
Pretty much trouble free once established
They depend on beetles for pollination.
Here are some of the evergreen magnolias Creekside Garden & Nursery offers:
Spartanburg SC is in hort. zone 7B
Alta magnolia plant patent 11612
Great for limited planting space because of its dense upright growth
Dark green leaf with medium brown back
Mature height about 40 ft. Hort. zone 7-10
Bracken's Brown Beauty tm
Symmetrical pyramidal dense growth & branching
Dark green leaves with brown back, about 4-6" long on average
Mature height 30 ft. +
Hort. zone 6-10 (more cold hardy)
Claudia Wanamaker magnolia
Medium pyramidal fast spreading growth form
Dark green ruffled leaf with brown back
Mature height about 50 ft. Hort. zone 7-10
D. D. Blanchard magnolia (Decator Drew Blanchard)
Fast growing, matures at 40-50 ft.
Slower to flower until about 5 years growth
Hort. zone 7-10
Edith Bogue magnolia
Vigorous bushy full form growth maturing to 40-50ft.
Medium size leaf with green back
Hort. zone 7-10
Little Gem magnolia
Prolific long season bloomer (early summer to first frost)
Smaller blooms and foliage with brown back
Mature height 35-40 ft. Hort. zone 7-10
Kay Parris magnolia
Discovered by Kevin Parris from seed of Little Gem & named in honor of his mother
Compact self branching upright growth habit with great branch structure
Dark green undulating foliage with rich brown back
Mature height about 35-45 ft. Hort. zone 6-10 (more cold hardy)
Teddy Bear r 'Southern Charm' (plant patent 13049
Compact upright growth
Deep green shiny leaves with brown back
Mature height about 20 ft. Hort. zone 7-10
Green Giant pp9377
Fast growing with large white blooms
Large leaf green back
Mature height 50-60 ft. Hort. zone 7-10
All the evergreen magnolias have white blooms with a heavenly lemony scent
Yes you are all excited to raise some Monarch Butterflies and help the earth. They are quite beautiful! Did you not realize that you will have to feed those caterpillars when they hatch?
When we are having children we try to plan ahead to make sure they have everything that they need to grow tall and healthy. It is the same for Monarch butterflies!
Developing Monarchs need lots of milkweed for sustenance. They are voracious and will ONLY eat Milkweed. It's a great idea to plan ahead, even a year or two, to grow milkweed (Asclepias) to have enough to feed the growing caterpillars. The plants are perennial and will come back year after year, and are quite decorative in the garden.
Yes, Creekside Garden Nursery strives to keep Milkweed, (Asclepias), on hand, but we have only young plants. You will need to establish a mature crop in order to feed the young enough food to produce the butterflies. Please grow the plants a few years before you purchase the eggs.
Thank you for helping the Monarch Butterflies. We all love beautiful gardens and helping nature to thrive.
You are looking at our front yard. Peonies and Oxalis are blooming. Iris are finished. I will plant more Hydrangea - Haas Halo, named after my wife's aunt who discovered it originally in her yard in Bucks County Pennsylvania.
A huge tree fell in our front yard so there is a huge mound of sawdust mulch, and a crushed brick wall that we have to redesign around. We had to put up a wire fence to keep the neighbors from cutting through my flowers. It's working well.
I need to move the crepe myrtle, do more weeding, and do some more planting. I want to try another rose, a Star Drift Rose which is low growing and wide, to see how it looks, hopefully there will be enough sun. Some Lanatana too. They sometimes survive the winter, but I think my plants from last year did not apparently!
Consider meandering along Hatcher Garden paths. Fall is a lovely time with the changing leaves
Nominate your favorite noble tree. Details at their website.
Located right here in Spartanburg on Reidville Rd, you can learn many things about nature.
Yes it is a tangle of plants, but the butterflies love it here!