Magnolia liliiflora ‘Jane’ | Jane & Little Girl Hybrid Magnolias

The Little Girl Hybrids have ebullient purple “lilies” covering the plant at bloom time in the spring before leaves appear. This display gives the idea of floating flowers. The flowers reccur sporadically over the summer. The hybrids have a warm sweet fragrance.

Magnolias have very shallow root systems. If you transplant, take care not to plant the root colar below the soil or risk retardation or death. Needs protection from strong winds. Best grown in cooler zones. Leaves and blooms get ratty looking in hot summers.

Magnolias are a very old genera of plants dating back 100 million years, as does the beetle that pollinates it. The Little Girl Hybrids are cross between Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ and Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia) made originally in the 1950′s at the US Arboretum. Dirr explains the idea was to create a nicely blooming magnolia that bloomed after Star Magnolia, after the frost. Apparently the Little Girls are all confused since their names have been mixed up in the trade. The shrubs often grow larger than is stated on their tags.

April magnolia, originally uploaded by smgbcal07. ‘Jane’ above

‘Jane’ Hardy enough for Michigan, this is the one everyone uses
‘Ann’ 8′to 10′ Dirr’s Fav
Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ may still be found for sale, but unlikely
Magnolia stellata | Star Magnolia white blooms, fragrant, my favorite I think

IMG_6040.JPGZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 6 – 9 | full sun
GROWTH RATE ….. medium
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 10′-15′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Loose, rounded, upright
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 4″to 7″/ 2″to 5″ obovate
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | dark green on top light green below
FLOWERS | 3″to 4″ wide, purple
BUDS | like other small magnolias are very furry like little rabbit feet.

SOIL needs moist, acid, peaty soil – add leaf mold
Native to China, has been reported it no longer eoccurs in the wild

Peckerwood Garden from Texas / Magnolia Gallery
Ok, the name is cracking me up plus it’s in TX. The pics are great, though, so I’m not complaining