Magnolia Ann

Magnolia Ann


Description: Magnolia 'Ann' is a compact, deciduous magnolia tree that typically grows in an upright, pyramidal shape with dense branching. It belongs to the "Little Girl" series of magnolias, which are hybrids resulting from crosses between Magnolia stellata and Magnolia liliiflora. 'Ann' is specifically known for its abundant, large, fragrant flowers that bloom in early spring. The flowers are typically deep reddish-purple on the outside and lighter pink-purple on the inside, resembling tulips. The foliage of 'Ann' is medium to dark green and obovate in shape, providing a lush backdrop to the striking flowers.

Size: Magnolia 'Ann' typically reaches a mature height of 8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.7 meters) with a spread of 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters). Its compact growth habit makes it well-suited for smaller landscapes, urban gardens, or as a focal point in mixed borders. 'Ann' is considered a small to medium-sized magnolia tree, making it more manageable for home gardeners with limited space compared to some larger magnolia species.

Best Growing Zones: Magnolia 'Ann' is well-suited to USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8. It thrives in temperate climates with cool to moderate winters and mild summers. This hybrid magnolia is particularly well-adapted to regions with a distinct winter chill, as it requires a period of cold dormancy to set flower buds for the following spring. 'Ann' is relatively cold-hardy but may require protection in colder or more extreme climates, especially when young.

Soil Requirements: Magnolia 'Ann' prefers well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil that is rich in organic matter. It can tolerate a variety of soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clay soil, as long as it is well-drained. Amending the soil with compost or peat moss before planting can improve soil fertility and drainage, promoting healthy growth and flowering. 'Ann' is relatively tolerant of urban pollution and can be grown in urban and suburban environments.

Light Requirements: Magnolia 'Ann' thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers at least 6 hours of sunlight per day to produce its best growth and flowering. While it can tolerate some shade, too much shade may result in reduced flowering and sparse growth. 'Ann' should be planted in a location with good air circulation to prevent disease and ensure even growth.

Maintenance: Magnolia 'Ann' is relatively low-maintenance once established. It requires regular watering, especially during the establishment period, but is relatively drought-tolerant once established. Mulching around the base of the tree can help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Pruning is generally not necessary, but 'Ann' can be lightly pruned after flowering to remove any dead or diseased branches and maintain its shape.

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