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Magnolia DD Blanchard

Magnolia DD Blanchard


Description: 'D.D. Blanchard' is a handsome evergreen tree with glossy, dark green leaves and large, fragrant, creamy-white flowers. The flowers can measure up to 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter and bloom from late spring to early summer. Its foliage is leathery and elliptical, with a coppery-brown underside, adding to its ornamental appeal. The tree typically has a pyramidal or oval shape when young, gradually becoming more rounded with age. Its dense canopy provides excellent shade and shelter for wildlife.

Size: This magnolia cultivar can reach heights of 40 to 50 feet (12 to 15 meters) and spreads of 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) at maturity. However, under ideal conditions, it may grow even larger.

Best Growing Zones: The 'D.D. Blanchard' magnolia thrives in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 9. It is well-suited to the southeastern United States, where the climate is warm and humid. This cultivar prefers full sun to partial shade and requires well-drained soil for optimal growth.

Soil Requirements: Like other Southern Magnolia varieties, 'D.D. Blanchard' prefers acidic to slightly acidic, well-drained soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, or sandy soil, but it should be kept consistently moist, especially during the first few years after planting. Adding organic matter to the soil can help improve its texture and fertility.

Maintenance: 'D.D. Blanchard' magnolias are relatively low-maintenance trees once established. Regular watering, especially during dry periods, is crucial for young trees to encourage healthy root development. Mulching around the base of the tree can help retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature. Pruning is minimal and should be done selectively to remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches. It's best to prune immediately after flowering to avoid interfering with the next year's bloom.

Landscape Use: Due to its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and impressive size, 'D.D. Blanchard' magnolias are commonly used as specimen trees or focal points in large landscapes, parks, and estates. They also make excellent shade trees for residential yards and can be planted near patios or outdoor seating areas to enjoy their beauty up close. Additionally, their dense canopy provides privacy when planted as a screen or windbreak.

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