Delivery Date Determined By Size
A closeup of the buttery-yellow flowers on the Butterflies Magnolia as they open in early spring
A closeup of the buttery-yellow flowers on the Butterflies Magnolia as they open in early spring
A closeup of the buttery-yellow flowers on the Butterflies Magnolia as they open in early spring
A closeup of the buttery-yellow flowers on the Butterflies Magnolia as they open in early spring



  • In early spring, beautiful light yellow flowers cover the branches
  • Tulip shaped flowers give off a lemony fragrance
  • Dark green foliage appears after the flowers have faded
  • Fragrant blooms attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 20-25' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Butterflies Magnolia

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Magnolia x acuminata 'Butterflies' PP7,456

Regular price $1,295.00
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Why plant Butterflies Magnolia?

Everybody loves a Magnolia tree, and you probably see plenty of these pink- and white-flowering trees around your neighborhood each spring, but have you ever seen Magnolia ‘Butterflies,’ with its scrumptious banana-custard-yellow blooms? The flowers line the bare branches like yellow tulips and have a gentle fragrance. We are pleased to be able to offer this uncommon tree in two forms: Our dense and bushy multi-stem Butterflies Magnolias will anchor your spring garden and do double-duty as some of the prettiest privacy trees you’ll ever see. Our single-stem Butterflies make splendid specimens for your front yard landscaping and will have the neighbors asking, “What is that gorgeous tree?!”

In the late 1970s, gardeners who wanted a yellow Magnolia had to settle for ‘Elizabeth,’—a pretty tree, but one whose wide-open flowers are nearly white (although upon opening they are a fantastic butter-yellow). The late plant breeder Phil Savage took on the task of creating a deeper yellow Magnolia, crossing our native Cucumber Magnolia with a Japanese species called Yulan. The result—‘Butterflies’—was patented in 1991. Magnolias are often shrubby by nature, but Butterflies can be trained to grow more tree-like—with a single trunk, as we offer here.

How to use Butterflies Magnolia in the landscape?

This tree is something else! If you want gorgeous yellow blossoms, look no further! Take this rare and hardy specimen home and enjoy large vivid yellow blossoms each spring. A unique addition to your collection, easy to grow, with very few pest problems - plant this stunning specimen tree in a location where it will be well loved and seen!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

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 never rush our trees to reach a 'grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

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.

How To Plant Butterflies Magnolia

The Butterflies Magnolia is a great tree and quite different than any other Magnolia that we grow on the nursery. What makes it different? This awesome Magnolia produces yellow flowers! These gorgeous yellow blooms appear very early in spring before the leaves emerge. Butterflies Magnolia is simple to grow and maintain. It prefers full sun and good, well-drained soil and is free of any major pest problems.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

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. If planting in the fall, use Elements fertilizer while planting and start your regular annual fertilizing the following fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established as it gives your tree the nutrients it needs to produce lush new growth for the following spring.

How To Prune

While there are no pruning requirements for the Butterflies Magnolia, you may prune after it is done blooming if necessary.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-9


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

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.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


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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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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