Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’

hybrid magnolia

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Outstanding Qualities

Magnolia 'Elizabeth' was the first yellow-flowered hybrid magnolia to be widely available, and it is still one of the best. In late April to early May elegant, pointed buds open primrose yellow flowers and fade to dark cream and are slightly fragrant of a good musk perfume. fall color is golden yellow and contrast nicely with a backdrop of conifers that will make the flowers light up like lanterns in the spring. It flowers later in the magnolia season and is often spared from frost that can mar the earlier flowering species and cultivars. See Magnolia denudata for companion plantings.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

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

Plant Width-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

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

Water Requirements: regular watering for best flowering

Seasonal Interest: autumn color

Wildlife Associations: birds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: gold, silver, white, variegated

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
This 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. 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.