Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’

southern magnolia

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Outstanding Qualities

"Edith Bogue' is a broad-spreading, vigorous clone of southern magnolia that is noted for its exceptional hardiness. It rates as one of the best southern magnolias for the Pacific Northwest. Large, very fragrant, ivory-white flowers adorn the tree from late spring through midsummer. The large, lustrous, leathery leaves look great year 'round and are long lasting as cut greens. This makes them, and the unusual seed ""cones,"" favorites for holiday arrangements. The stately presence of southern magnolias makes them wonderful specimen plants. The slow growth and controlled size of 'Edith Bogue' make it a good choice for courtyard and patio plantings, and its branches have strong resistance to breaking in wet winter snows."

Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal 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: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 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 waterign during dry weather

Wildlife Associations: birds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, white, variegated

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

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.