Just how fast your magnolia tree grows depends on the kind you have. These trees are well-known for their beautiful flowers, but actually some varieties bear inconspicuous blossoms. In the landscape, magnolia trees provide dense shade and make attractive privacy screens. There are many species and varieties of magnolia trees to choose from.
The Magnolia Tree
The original magnolia tree and some of its varieties grow 25 feet tall at a rate of 24 inches per growing season. “Galaxy” is a deciduous tree that blossoms in spring and grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. “Monland,” also known as Timeless Beauty magnolia, is an evergreen tree that blossoms in spring and grows in USDA hardiness zones 5b through 9. “Spectrum” is a deciduous tree that blossoms in spring or summer and grows in USDA hardiness zones 5b through 9.
The Cucumber Tree
Some magnolia trees (M. acuminate) are aptly known as cucumber trees because their fruit looks similar to a cucumber. M. acuminate, known simply as the cucumber tree, and its variety “Variegata” are deciduous and grow 60 to 80 feet tall at a rate of 24 inches per growing season, and their canopies spread 30 feet wide. The cucumber tree blossoms in spring or summer, and “Variegata” blossoms in spring. Both trees grow in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.
Some varieties of southern magnolia trees (M. grandiflora), including the evergreens “Glen St. Mary,” “Bracken's Brown Beauty” and “Hasse,” grow at varying rates and blossom in spring or summer in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 9. “Glen St. Mary” grows 25 feet tall at a rate of 12 to 24 inches per growing season. “Bracken’s Brown Beauty” and “Hasse” reach 50 feet tall at a rate of 12 to 36 inches per growing season.
Select varieties of saucer magnolia trees (M. soulangiana) are deciduous, blossom in spring or winter and grow in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. The original saucer magnolia grows 25 to 30 feet tall at a rate of 24 inches per growing season, and “Burgundy” reaches 25 feet tall at a rate of 24 inches per growing season. “Brozzonii” can grow more quickly at a rate of 24 to 36 inches per growing season and reaches 25 feet tall.
About the Author
Victoria Weinblatt began writing articles in 2007, contributing to The Huffington Post and other websites. She is a certified yoga instructor, group fitness instructor and massage therapist. Weinblatt received her B.S. in natural resources from Michigan State University and an M.Ed. from Shenandoah University.
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