Magnolia × loebneri ‘Merrill’

Merrill magnolia

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Outstanding Qualities

Exquisite star-like flowers open white with a pastel pink blush in early spring with a light fragrance. The form of this hybrid magnolia is rounded, being almost as wide as tall and the chubby leaves often emerge with a light wash of rusty red over green before turning emerald green for the summer.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

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

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: white, star-like flowers in early spring

Culture Notes
Merrill magnolia flowers best when planted in full sun to light shade and will thrive in a rich, well-drained soil. Plant in an area that is protected from strong winds to help the flowers last their longest and keep the young foliage from being damaged. 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.