Buying Camellias Trees for Your Garden


It may need a little more care to choose the right location and conditions for growing Magnolias, but these plants are so special that they will reward you for many years for that little care you give them. Every spring you will be amazed and delighted by the spectacle of those extraordinary, enormous blooms, covering your tree like a giant candelabra and lighting up your garden for several weeks. Such special plants deserve to be in every garden across the country.


Magnolia Trees


Flowering trees are beautiful additions to every garden and among them magnolias occupy a special place, for their unique beauty. They have some of the largest flowers of all the flowering trees and present a stunning spectacle, with their picturesque branches wreathed in upright goblets of pink, purple or white. Even when not in flower, they are beautiful trees, some with smaller, light-green leaves, and others with large, glossy leaves that create a real presence in the garden.

Many are very hardy, and others grow well in the hottest places, so there are choices for everyone, no matter where you live. Their large flowers give an exotic, almost tropical and very dramatic note to gardens in cooler climates more familiar with flowering trees like cherries with their relatively small flowers. The enormous, scented white flowers on the less-hardy variety really do give a sub-tropical feel, yet some of this type can be grown even in cooler regions. There are two main kinds of magnolia trees – those that lose their leaves in winter, flower in early spring and grow in cooler areas, and those that are evergreen, flower all summer and grow best in places without severe winter cold.

Wherever you live, whatever the size of your garden, and whatever your taste in flowers, Camellias trees have a lot to offer, and these long-lived trees will never let you down, becoming more and more beautiful with each passing year.


Planting Magnolias and Initial Care


Growing Magnolia Trees

There is a wide range of different Magnolia Trees available, and you can find ones that are hardy all the way from zone 4 to zone 9. The deciduous ones are the hardiest, but they will also grow well in warmer areas that are not too dry, all the way through zone 9. The evergreen types of magnolias are hardy in zones 7, 8 and 9, although some varieties are hardy in zone 8. The deciduous magnolia trees give us the most choices for plants that will grow across different zones, but in warmer areas it would be a great mistake to neglect growing the evergreen species. Some of the hardiest of the deciduous kinds are the Girl Series, which will happily flower right into zone 4.

Deciduous magnolias grow well in both sun and partial shade. In more northern areas they do best with plenty of sun, although even there they will thrive in the shade of most deciduous trees. They also grow well on the east sides of buildings, where they get some direct sun in the mornings, and bright light later in the day. Further south, they can scorch in the hot afternoon sun, especially in dry conditions, so some shade from the hottest sun, or even dappled shade all day, is best for them.

The evergreen magnolias grow best in full sun, but they too will grow well in partial shade, with just a few hours of sun a day, or in the bright shade beside a building. In the colder zones they should be in full sun, to ripen the flower buds. Evergreen magnolias make great shade trees, and throw a dense, cool shade onto the hot sides of your home, or onto the lawn, where you can sit in their deep, cool shade on the hottest of days.

All the different kinds of magnolias will grow in sandy, loamy or clay soils, but they do not like to grow in soils that are wet for long periods, or in ones that are always dry. Well-established trees, especially the evergreen varieties, are drought-tolerant, and take care of themselves. Especially when planting, rich organic material is a valuable addition to the soil, and applying organic mulch around the root area every year when trees are younger, is a very good way to achieve the best growth. Acidic to neutral soils or ones that are only slightly alkaline, are best for most magnolias.

Magnolia Trees, especially the deciduous kinds, grow best in soils that are not constantly dry, but instead are moist, but not constantly wet. Newly-planted trees should be watered weekly for the first few months, and perhaps more often in very hot weather. Once established, in cooler areas natural rain will usually give them enough water, but in long dry periods a good soak with a hose will be very helpful to your trees. The evergreen kinds are more drought-resistant, and although they need the same care during their early years, once established they will survive long dry spells with no problem.

Magnolia trees are usually described as having a moderate growth rate. This means that when young they will grow by a foot, or even 2 feet, a year. This rate of growth will continue while the tree is young, but as it approaches 20 years of age it will begin to slow down, and older trees grow just a few inches a year. This is especially true of the deciduous magnolias, where older trees develop a dense crown, with most of the growth going into that, rather than adding height.

In the evergreen magnolias, the growth rates of different forms are very variable. Those that are going to become full-sized will add one or two feet a year for many years, while smaller forms may grow quickly when very young, but soon settle down to adding just a few inches a year.

This tendency to slow down is great for gardens – a good-sized tree develops quite quickly, but it will be a very long time before a tree reaches its full height, so even if the space you have is a bit small for the ultimate height of your tree, it will be decades before that might become a problem. Older trees can be trimmed, so even then the height is controllable, and unless the space is very small, ultimate size is rarely going to be a problem, if you choose your variety wisely.



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– Spectacular flowers in spring or summer
– Rich, glossy green foliage in the evergreen kinds
– Wonderful specimen or screening trees
– Wide range of colors and sizes for every garden
– Easily grown and long-lived in many climate zones

In colder areas, where evergreen forms growing in the open will suffer from cold, they can instead be grown successfully by spreading them on a wall. There they will be sheltered and look spectacular. The rich perfume of their flowers will drift through open windows, and they will cloth a wall with beautiful foliage all year. To grow a tree in this way, choose a sunny wall, preferably facing south. Run a series of wires from one end of the wall to the other, using strong attachments suitable for the type of wall – wood, brick or concrete. Space the wires 18 inches apart, all the way up the wall. Use wire-strainers so that you can tighten the wires over time, if they stretch. Plastic-coated wire is best.

Plant the tree with its base right against the wall, and gently spread out the branches to left and right, attaching them to the wires with loose loops of durable string. Don’t tie tightly, as this will cut into the stems as they grow. As new stems develop, continue to spread them out and tie them in to the wall. Make sure you water younger trees growing this way regularly, as the base of walls often does not get much natural rain. Soon you will have a beautiful effect, and every bloom will be fully visible, opening for the sun and for your pleasure.

Like all plants, magnolia trees can suffer from pests and diseases, but attacks of any significance are very rare. These trees have an ancient lineage, and they have had millions of years to evolve defenses against pests and diseases. It is very unlikely you will see any serious problems with your trees. Sometimes, if trees are grown in soil that is too alkaline, yellowing of the leaves may be seen. If this happens, treat the trees with a product for acid-loving plants, such as chelated iron. This will allow the tree to absorb the nutrients it needs to remain healthy. Use this each spring, and again in late summer if the yellowing is severe.


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