Magnolia Trees for Sale Online
Few trees are as famous in pop culture as the Southern Magnolia. Known as symbols of strength and beauty, this is the central metaphor representing the resilience of women in the movie Steel Magnolias. It inspired an entire business empire, with home design moguls Chip and Joanna Gaines naming literally every business they own after the flower Chip gave Joanna on their first date. Almost every city in America hosts a street or road named after the Magnolia. But, there are many more Magnolias than the iconic M. grandiflora, since there are over a hundred varieties of Magnolia trees native across East Asia and North America, all of which are stunningly beautiful and fragrant.
These plants are spectacular flowering trees that will make a statement in any garden. Our selection of Magnolia trees for sale are grown from the highest quality stock plants available, so your plant is healthy, vibrant, and ready to thrive in its new home. Shop our Magnolia tree collection below!
What are the Benefits of Buying Magnolia Trees?
Enhance the curb appeal of your home
One of the biggest benefits of buying Magnolia trees is the beauty it brings to your landscape. When this flowering tree is in full bloom during early spring, pink or white flowers adorn its branches and sit against a backdrop of glossy green leaves.Flowering trees are a guaranteed way of taking the curb appeal of your home to the next level, but Magnolia trees offer another added benefit - fragrant blossoms. Its fragrant aroma will permeate your landscape making you want to spend your time outdoors as much as possible!
Create natural shade
In addition to its classical beauty and fragrant flowers, there are functional benefits you can get from Magnolias. Certain varieties are fast-growing trees and can provide faster growth and results compared to other tree types, such as the Magnolia Jane and Magnolia Betty. Faster growth can provide your home with natural shade in a shorter time frame, and this can help cool your home down naturally depending on where it's planted.
Resistant to pests and disease
Much to the relief of gardeners in the country, Magnolia trees rarely experience issues with pests and disease, and are not a favorite of deer or other forest wildlife! While their grand appearance makes it seem otherwise, Magnolia trees are low maintenance and tolerant trees when grown in the right conditions.
Supports local wildlife
On top of their beauty, magnolia trees are highly functional additions to your garden. Fitting well into many ecosystems, magnolias support local wildlife and pollinators with their blooms and berries.
How to Buy the Right Magnolia Tree for Your Landscape?
Magnolias come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some grow larger than others, and some are ideal for smaller spaces. Take a look at our three tips below for how to buy a Magnolia tree online:
1. Match your grow zone to the subspecies
First and foremost, find out what grow zone you live in and which Magnolia trees will grow best there. The Magnolia Ann is a versatile variety that can grow just about anywhere in the country. For something more synonymous with the south (a hardiness zone of 7-9), the Teddy Bear Magnolia is a majestic tree that produces a stark contrast of shiny dark green leaves and full white flowers. It’s exactly what comes to mind when you think of a classic Magnolia tree.
If you’re not sure what subspecies of Magnolias grow best in the area you live, find your grow zone here!
2. Map out the space on your property
It’s important to map out the space in your landscape and envision where a Magnolia tree would fit best. While it’s a great focal item in a garden with a stunning display of waxy green leaves and vibrant flowers, certain varieties have strong root systems and need a lot of space to grow. If planted too close to a walkway or driveway, the spreading root system can crack or raise the concrete.
If you have a smaller yard, rest assured that you can still enjoy the beauty of a Magnolia tree! For smaller varieties, we recommend the Little Gem Magnolia (this variety also happens to be relatively cold hardy). The Little Gem is the smallest subspecies and can grow up to 15-20 feet tall making it perfect for a smaller property or city garden. Despite its smaller size, it still produces large, crisp white flowers.
3. Create a cohesive design
Landscape design is similar to interior design in the sense that it’s important to choose the right plants to create a cohesive look and feel in your yard. This is often overlooked and people don’t realize that their plants clash against the existing aesthetic and landscape until they’ve already planted the specimens. Luckily, Magnolias are versatile and match well with just about any color or style. Just make sure to choose a tree that has a flower color that complements the rest of the landscape.
Another important thing to know is that Magnolia trees are best planted alone and as a focal point rather than a cluster of trees. This tree does not grow well when planted too close to other specimens, or when there is too much handling on the soil. You run the risk of compacting the roots if so.
How to Care for a Magnolia Tree
Choose the Planting Spot
Magnolias grow best in full sun or partial shade areas, and in well-draining soil that ranges from neutral to slightly acidic. When you’re ready to plant your tree, make sure to dig a planting well that is as deep as the container your tree was delivered in. Never dig a hole that will cause the root ball of the tree to sit beneath the soil level in your garden because that can cause root rot. Well-draining soil can also help to reduce the risk of this happening.
The Magnolia tree also creates a shadowed canopy underneath it’s branches, so grass, nor other groundcovers, will be able to grow underneath it.
Stick to a Watering Schedule
Consistent and frequent watering is essential during the early stages of planting a Magnolia tree. The transplantation stage can be stressful on a new plant and they need the extra water to help take to new soil and growing conditions. For the first few weeks following the planting stage, use this simple and trusted watering method:
For every gallon the container held that the Magnolia tree was delivered in, count to 5. So if it was a one gallon container, count for 5 seconds as you water the tree. For a two gallon container, you would count for 10 seconds; and so on.
Once the plant has had a chance to settle and adapt for a few weeks, reduce the watering schedule to a couple of times a week. You may have to increase your frequency depending on how much sunlight your Magnolia receives and how hot or dry your climate is. Ideally, it’s recommended to allow the soil to dry slightly in between watering to help reduce the risk of root rot.
Support with Organic Matter
It’s recommended to add generous amounts of organic matter into the soil to provide the Magnolia tree with extra nutrients. It’s best to do this at the start of the season in early spring to help kick start growth after a dormant winter season. Organic fertilizers or organic compost are best - simply incorporate the mixture into the soil so the root system can ingest the nutrients it provides. We highly recommend using Espoma Bio-Tone Plus Starter Plus for plant food, especially during the early stages of planting.
Layer Mulch Over Soil
Mulch is another great way to provide added nutrients to your plants. Based on local availability, we recommend layering 2-3 inches of mulch around your Magnolia tree leaving about an inch of space between the mulch and trunk. Added benefits of mulch include helping to retain moisture in the soil and keep weed growth at bay as well.
What are the Types of Magnolia Trees for Sale at Garden Goods Direct?
While most people know about the classic Southern Magnolia due to its timeless shape and color, dramatic thick green leaves, and elegant white flowers, there are so many other Magnolia varieties that are unique in their own way. Learn more about our selection of Magnolia trees for Sale below:
The Magnolia Ann creates a stunning display of saucer-like pink flowers set against a backdrop of glossy, light green leaves. It blooms later in the season, so you won’t have to worry about frost damaging the blossoms. It’s also one of the more cold-tolerant subspecies and can grow from zones 4-9.
Similar to the Magnolia Ann, the Magnolia Betty produces luscious flowers in a colorful blend of pink and white. It’s a tolerant and low maintenance tree that can grow in hardiness zones 4-9, and is typically resistant to most pests and disease. It’s a long standing favorite among gardeners of all expertise levels!
This variation of a Magnolia ranks in our top favorites because of its vibrant yellow color. The Butterfly Magnolia boasts an untraditional color of blossoms that bloom early in the season before any leaves have a chance to sprout. It’s a bright display of flowers and a welcoming sign of warmer weather to come.
Even though it’s the smallest of the Magnolia subspecies, it creates just as classic of a look as the traditional Southern Magnolia. The Little Gem is ideal for smaller spaces or city landscapes. It thrives in zones 7-9, can reach heights of 15-20 feet if left untrimmed, and provides evergreen leaves for year-round color. The Little Gem creates a showy display of luscious white flowers set against a screen of dark green and cinnamon colored leaves.
This sweet little tree is another compact Magnolia that blooms for a more extended period, providing contrast against its foliage throughout the summer. Just like Little Gem, it grows best in zones 7-9. The difference between the two is that the Teddy Bear variety produces creamy white and fragrant flowers, and blooms in both spring and fall.
The Sweetbay Magnolia is a semi-evergreen tree that provides year-round color with its leaves in warmer climates in the country. Vibrant green leaves are complemented by creamy white flowers that curve inward on the edges and produce a sweet, lemony aroma. We recommend planting it next to a patio for added shade, privacy, and a sweet fragrance.
As one of the most cold tolerant Magnolias available, the Royal Star can withstand frost and cooler spring weather. Vibrant white flowers undergo an early blooming season that bring a delicious fragrance with them. Glossy foliage grows in dark green and transforms into a lively yellow color during the fall season. Experience a display of changing color right in your garden with the Royal Star Magnolia!
Just as the name conveys, the Centennial Blush Magnolia produces full, blush-colored flowers that bloom in early spring. This subspecies can thrive just about anywhere throughout the country in zones 4-9, and is tolerant of colder temperatures. Unlike other variations, the Centennial Blush Magnolia transforms into a display of orange and scarlet leaves during the fall season.
Bracken’s Brown Beauty
Recognized as the classic Southern Magnolia, it’s a long standing favorite among gardeners in the south for its leathery dark green and cinnamon leaves, and large, elegant, fragrant white flowers. It can grow up to 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide, and serves as an excellent focal point in well draining landscapes.
Excellent for areas that experience frost late in the spring, the Magnolia Jane is a late blooming variety that produces large pink-purple flowers set against a backdrop of thick, waxy green leaves. This is great news for people living in northern states where unpredictable frost and weather often inhibit colorful spring flowers from blooming for extended periods. The Magnolia Jane is a show-stopping tree that is guaranteed to enhance the curb appeal of your landscape.
Buy Magnolia Trees Online from the Plant Experts
Magnolias make for stunning additions to any landscape and create a whimsical charm that everyone can appreciate. As America’s number one online plant nursery, we promise our customers only the best quality magnolia trees on the market — each one is personally approved by Woodie or one of his assistants before shipping, so you know you’re getting a quality tree every time.
At Garden Goods Direct, you’ll find excellent service, a robust selection of quality plants, and a secure online ordering solution. When you buy a Magnolia tree online from us, it will be delivered right to your door. Our goal is to make this process as convenient as possible, and to help you create the garden of your dreams!