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Magnolia zenii

Zen Magnolia

Plant Type:


Magnolia zenii - 1 remaining. White with a flare of purple-pink on the reverse with some of the up to 9 tepals arching away from the center of the flower. It's lovely. Ours flowered for the first time with white tepals displaying barely a hint of the pink flare. We'll be watching as it grows and flowers in successive years. This is the earliest species of Magnolia to bloom - in January in its southern range. And those lovely flowers emit a delicious fragrance. The Zen Magnolia exhibits an upright pyramidal habit, relatively narrow in youth but will probably expand its girth as it ages... unfortunately, as do many of us. Site in full sun planted in fertile, organic moisture-retentive soil. Northern gardeners: spring planting is advisable. Cutting grown.


30-35 ft


15-20 ft




(4)5 to 8(9a)
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Item Description Price  
MAGZENI Magnolia zenii (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $36.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Magnolia zenii

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter / Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Smooth

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color
  • Showy Buds

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Alee

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Humus Laden
  • Organic
  • Moist
  • Fertile


  • China

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Magnolia

Common Name: Magnolia

The Magnolias are one of the earliest known flowering plants to establish themselves on our beautiful planet. Much breeding continues and the cultivar list is expanding with some smaller sizes and new flower colors. Many are typical tree forms while some tend to be multi-stemmed – more like huge shrubs than single-stemmed trees. Most are spring blooming – some early, others later after danger of frost has passed in the north. A few of these will provide some recurrence of bloom during the summer. A handful bloom in summer. Many emit wonderful fragrance. The foliage is often large, bold and paddle-shaped, looking attractive in summer; a handful of species’ leaves are so large that they are reminiscent of banana foliage. Some seasons they develop gold to golden brown autumn color before the leaves drop. It’s hard for me to think of a landscape without one or more included in the mix. All prefer fertile deep loam with plenty of organic matter and moist soils – some are even content in relatively wet conditions. Magnolias should be sited in full to half sun exposures. All our selections are cutting grown, on their own wood – they are not grafted. Some are much easier to produce on their own wood than others; some are quite recalcitrant. In that, we may not always have certain plants available or available in great numbers. Spring planting is recommended for magnolias especially up north. Cutting grown.