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Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia
Leonard Messel Magnolia

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 10-15' apart

SPECTACULAR TWO-TONED, PINK BLOOMS

FEATURES:

  • Fragrant flowers bloom lavender-pink; appearing lighter on the top petals, and a more magenta hue on the underside
  • Flowers bloom very early in spring before the foliage unfurls
  • Glossy green leaves change bright yellow for brilliant fall color
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Leonard Messel Magnolia

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

Regular price $675.00
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Why the Leonard Messel Magnolia?

When the grass turns greener, the birds are singing, and it starts to look, feel, and smell like spring, that's when Leonard Messel Magnolia joins in, adding bunches of fragrant frilly pink blossoms to the celebrations. We love this dependable hybrid Magnolia tree. It's so easy to grow and trouble-free - all you'll have to do is sit back and enjoy the show! The flowers are more resistant to frost than those of other Magnolias, too , should Old Man Winter decide he isn't done with us yet. Plant this choice ornamental tree in a front island bed, in your entryway garden, or - better yet - by your back patio, where you and your guests can savor this fresh breath of springtime.

Leonard Messel was a lieutenant colonel in the British Army, but when WWI broke out, he was barred from fighting because his father was German. He did what he could for the war effort, anyway—training troops in East Kent. During the war, he wrote hundreds of letters to the young men he had trained, and he wrote heartfelt letters to their parents when they didn’t go home. This lovely Magnolia, which originated in Messel’s garden, is usually grown as a large shrub. Our Tree-Form Messels offer a different look.

How to use in the landscape?

Leonard Messel, son of Ludwig Messel, took over the famous garden at Nymans in Sussex, England in 1916. Nymans is famous for its collection of Magnolias that were under the Messel's care for generations. This low-branched specimen is a great addition to any garden, even the small ones! And the flowers are the best part. Appearing in spring, these fragrant flowers are deep pink on the outside and creamy white on the inside. Dark green leaves follow. A Cary Award winner from the Worcester County Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness and eye-appeal.

Why Bower & Branch?

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

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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.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-9

    Mature Height: 15-20' tall

    Mature Width: 10-15' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 10-15' apart

How To Plant

One of the hardiest and easiest-to-grow Magnolias, this beauty does best in full sun and well-drained soil. When it comes to young trees, it is best to apply fertilizer in the fall for the first 3 or 4 years to help them establish a strong root system and produce healthy new growth. For the Leonard Messel Magnolia, a low rate fertilizer would work well. Minimal pruning is necessary, but if needed prune in late spring or early summer. This Magnolia has no major insect or disease 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 year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Prune as needed in late spring or very early summer.

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

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