- Hardiness Zone: 7-10
- Mature Height: 60-80' tall
- Mature Width: 20-40' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade
- Spacing: 20-40' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, waxwings, wood warblers, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, nuthatches, vireos, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and wrens.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Southern Magnolia Treeling?
Southern Magnolia rolls out the welcome mat to birds in a display of southern hospitality. When this majestic flowering tree trades its huge, bowl-shaped, ivory-colored summer blooms for fall seeds, the birds come flocking. Robins and mockingbirds love the glossy red seeds, as do vireos, wood thrushes, and kingbirds. The seeds are high in fat, making them especially valuable to birds when they need the extra energy the most (whether migrating south or surviving the winter in place). Southern Magnolia’s sturdy branches and evergreen leaves also appeal to birds. They create wonderful niches for nesting, escaping from predators, or simply hanging out.
Southern Magnolia, also known as Bull Bay, is native to the coastal plain extending from North Carolina to Texas. Though originally found not far from water, on moist but gritty, well-drained sites, it has since been planted everywhere in the South—in every city, town, and neighborhood. President Andrew Jackson was a big fan of the tree, and he had one planted on the White House lawn in 1828. It graced that spot for 189 years. In 2017, it finally had to be cut down, as it was in decline and was becoming a hazard. A sad day for tree lovers.
How to use in the landscape?
The flowers of Southern Magnolia are primitive; they evolved to be pollinated by beetles, not bees. They exude a wonderful lemony fragrance that beetles apparently like. You will, too! That delicious scent will hang in the air all summer when you plant Southern Magnolia in your yard.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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How To Plant
Southern Magnolia is at home in rich soil in full sun to part shade. Give it some shelter from prevailing winter winds in the northern parts of its range. Southern Magnolia casts a dense shade that prevents growing anything directly beneath it, so let mulch be the groundcover of choice. Run over fallen leaves with the lawnmower to help them break down and recycle their nutrients. This tree is typically a slow grower, but it can be moderately fast with proper watering and fertilization.
How To Water
The Southern Magnolia likes regular irrigation when freshly planted, but can be surprisingly drought-tolerant once established, as many old, unmaintained specimens will attest.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 7-10
How Does Shipping Work?
Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
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Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).
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