Bark peels in tight vertical curls. September brings a muted blend of yellow and claret-red foliage, capturing the essence of autumn. During winter, tufts of snow lodge on the peels of grey and honey-colored bark, lending contrast. Often listed as hardy to Zone 5, growers report it hardy to -40░F - a full zone rating hardier than Acer griseum.
The late August Kehr of Hendersonville, NC considered this his finest magnolia hybrid, and we whole-heartedly agree. Upright in form, the blooms are delightfully fragrant. It has two significant attributes. First, it blooms much later than M. x soulangiana (6 weeks) so the flowers seldom freeze. Second, the rich pink flowers have a crisp, translucent character to them that makes a dramatic contrast to the duller pink blooms of M. x soulangiana selections. These plants are quite a prize.
One of the earliest-introduced yellow-hued magnolias, flowering precociously and reliably every year. 'Elizabeth' enjoys excellent name recognition. Well-known for its fragrant, creamy yellow flowers, pyramidal habit, and vigorous juvenile growth. M. acuminata x M. denudata
Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' and Magnolia sprengeri 'Diva' were crossed to make this handsome early hybrid. Very dark purple buds open to medium purple 8 in. flowers on this hardy upright tree. Consistently praised by our clients as a dependable money-maker for its precocious blooming habit, ease of care, and fast growth in the nursery.
The extraordinary growth rate of this cultivar coupled with its precocious blooming character make it a lucrative item. Moonglow« will grow to 5 ft. and bloom within 2-3 years. Selected and named by Earl Cully, this clone is surprisingly hardy to -33║F. Lemon-fragrant blooms over a long period in late spring.
Soft needles, pleasing form, and kind of pre-historic in its overall appearance, Umbrella Pine is somewhat slow-growing, but always in demand from those suppliers who invest in liners annually and hold them for 4-5 years. Best if not crowded or planted in a wet spot, or simply "let go". This is an expensive plant to buy but a profitable one to sell if you're patient and want to offer something other than red maples, crabapples and honeylocust.