SWEETLY SCENTED, CREAMY WHITE BLOOMS ALL SUMMER LONG
- Dark green, glossy evergreen foliage with brown undersides
- The flowers appear throughout summer and are delicately scented
- The blooms turn into seed pods in fall, eventually exposing bright red seeds
- Birds love to snack on the seeds
- As an evergreen, it is a great option for a hedge planting, privacy wall or as a specimen tree
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
- Hardiness Zone: 7-9
- Mature Height: 20-25' tall
- Mature Width: 10-15' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 10-15' apart
Why plant Little Gem Southern Magnolia?
Grace and sophistication—southern style. Y’all won’t find a classier broadleaved evergreen tree than the Little Gem Southern Magnolia. Clothed year-round in a dense mantle of lustrous foliage, this medium-sized ornamental tree always looks dapper. The top of each rich green leaf is polished to a high gloss, and the underside looks as if it is covered in dark brown suede. Beginning in late spring and continuing over a long season, you’ll be greeted by the exquisite lemony fragrance of Little Gem’s creamy white blossoms whenever you step out your door. You can also snip a bloom for the house, and one flower will fill a room with its heavenly scent. Your Yankee cousins will be so jealous.
Southern Magnolia grows wild south of the Mason-Dixon Line from North Carolina to Florida and west to Texas, mostly sticking close to the coastal regions. It can become an enormous, regal tree. The national champion grows in Smith County, Mississippi, and tops out at an incredible 122 feet; its trunk is more than 6 feet in diameter. Little Gem Southern Magnolia was selected in 1952 by nurseryman Warren Steed of Candor, North Carolina from a crop of seedlings he had raised. The new plant was more compact than most other Southern Magnolias and smaller in all its parts. The U.S. National Arboretum helped to get Little Gem more widely distributed beginning in 1974, and it is now one of the most popular Southern Magnolias you can buy.
How to use Little Gem Southern Magnolia in the landscape?
Southern Magnolia leaves often reach 10 inches in length, but Little Gem’s leaves only measure about 4 or 5 inches long. Likewise, a typical Southern Magnolia flower in full bloom may span 12 inches, while Little Gem’s blossoms measure 5 inches or so. They are profusely borne at a very young age, however, and carry all the fragrance of larger flowers.
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 Little Gem Southern Magnolia
Give this southern belle a luxurious home in rich, moist, deep, well-drained soil. It prefers acid conditions, which exist naturally in many of the eastern states anyway. Little Gem Southern Magnolia is a shallow-rooting tree, so mulch it well and avoid disturbing the root zone. Site your tree in full sun or part shade and shelter it from strong winter winds. This is especially important in areas where Little Gem is borderline-hardy.
How To Water
Regular water is critical during the establishment period, although constantly wet soil will spell trouble. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System to get your tree off to a good start.
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 fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Due to its slow growth rate, the Little Gem Magnolia does not require pruning. If you would like to expose the trunk, you could do so slowly in early Spring.
Hardiness Zone: 7-9
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 and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) 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.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
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).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 866-873-3888
- Or via Online Chat
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 BowerandBranch.com 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).