The easy-care D.D. Blanchard magnolia tree is an improved cultivar of an elegant southern classic, with huge, unbelievably fragrant blossoms.
The magnolia flowers are creamy white, contrasting beautifully against the large, stiff, glossy-green leaves with bronze-brown undersides.
The dark foliage complements the usual green-green-green in most yards.
The blooms can be as large as 8 inches across, with a lemony perfume said to be nature's strongest sweet scent.
Just one blossom floating in a bowl of water can send fragrance through an entire house.
This handsome tree makes a classy specimen or accent tree for larger landscapes, or as a single specimen for medium-sized yards. It's too large for small houses and small landscapes.
It works equally well
with very manicured landscaping or among more casual touches like
ornamental grasses and tropical philodendrons to create an eclectic
Evergreen and cold hardy anywhere in Florida, this magnolia can grow to 40 feet.
It does best in a full to part sun location.
This is a slow grower that has an upright growth habit - an oval form rather than a wide-spreading canopy - so you can safely plant things around the tree that prefer sun.
This tree blooms most heavily in spring, then on and off during summer and early fall. It's considered deer-resistant, though nothing is deer-proof.
Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You can also add in composted cow manure to enrich the soil around the tree's roots.
Trimming isn't necessary, other than pruning off low-growing branches to expose more of the trunk. Fallen leaves will need to be raked up occasionally but this tree doesn't make the littering mess other southern magnolias do.
Water on a regular schedule with time between waterings to allow the soil to dry out.
Fertilize with a good granular fertilizer 3 times a year - in spring, summer and autumn.
Come out from the house about 15 feet.
If you're planting a row of D.D. Blanchard magnolias, place them about 10 feet apart for them to grow together - or 18 to 20 feet apart if you want each to stand alone.
These trees will grow in large containers while young.
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