Magnolia grandiflora ‘Victoria’

southern magnolia

  • © Briggs Plant Propagators

  • © Briggs Plant Propagators

Outstanding Qualities

This tree is among the grande dames of the southern United States; however, not all specimens are hardy outside its native range. The cultivar 'Victoria' is a selection that is known for being cold hardy in the Pacific Northwest. Large flowers, with a pleasing lemon fragrance, nestle among the glossy evergreen leaves in early to mid-summer. The foliage of this tree is not only shiny above, but there is a rusty-red fuzzy covering underneath which is very attractive.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional to regular watering during dry months

Wildlife Associations: birds

Culture Notes
This evergreen magnolia is easy to grow. It flowers best when planted in full sun to light or open shade. It will thrive in a rich moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay if the drainage is adequate. Southern magnolia branches can break in the snow, although this cultivar is resistant to this. On young plants carefully brush off snow. If any limbs do break on the tree, prune out to provide a clean wound for quick and proper healing. Regular summer water will allow the best flowering and healthiest growth, but well established plants can tolerate occasional watering during dry weather. Magnolias have fleshy roots that can easily be damaged so limit extensive gardening under established trees. Little pruning is required other than removing dead and broken limbs or poorly formed limbs. Pruning is best done after flowering.