Looking for a hardy, easy to grow, flowering tree that stays small? We'd like to suggest the Jane Magnolia.
Many homeowners like to add a pop of color to the yard and a Jane Magnolia does exactly that. Magnolias are one of the earliest bloomers in our area, but the Jane tends to bloom slightly later than other varieties, which helps protect it's blooms from late frosts.
Bloom of the Magnolia
The blooms themselves tend to the pink-ish purple side, with some white on the inside. They are truly lovely flowers and one of the more romantic blooming trees you can purchase. Additionally, the foliage is made up of glossy, leathery, evergreen, oval-shaped leaves, that can be used for cut flower arrangements and looks rich and thick after the blooms have faded.
Are Magnolias Hardy in Illinois?
Some homeowners tend to think of Magnolia as a southern tree, which gives them concerns about their hardiness in Northern Illinois. However, the Jane is as tough as they come and have no problem handling our winter climates.
Magnolia Planting Tips
Here's one tip in regards to planting this tree. The Jane does prefer more sun. It can take some shade, but the more sun it gets, the better the blooms will be.
We also recommend a healthy dose of fertilizer to increase the quantity of bloom. Choose either Triple Super Phosphate or Healthy Grow Flower and Rose. The ideal time to fertilize the Jane Magnolia is at the very beginning of spring, just as the buds begin to form and break open.
Size of the Jane Magnolia
If you have a smaller space, you may be looking for a flowering tree that doesn't get too big. You will probably see in your research that sometimes people even refer to the Jane as a shrub, due to it's shape and small size. It tends to 10-15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of about 8-12 feet. It is a very slow grower and you can maintain a smaller size through pruning. We recommend pruning immediately after flowering so you do not cut off next years blooms.
Curious about other dwarf ornamental trees? Read our other blog posts including, "The 16 Best Ornamental Trees for the Landscape" and "The Top 10 Dwarf Ornamental Trees for the Landscape"