Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month: Little Gem Magnolia

In Gainesville, this Magnolia variety called 'Little Gem' has a compact, upright growth habit. It's a slow grower but eventually reaches heights of 30 to 35 feet with a dense, dark oval or pyramid shape that makes quite an impact.

With all the charm of a southern magnolia in a smaller size, the little gem magnolia is a popular ornamental choice for people living in hardiness zones 6 through 10. It is often used as a standout landscape specimen, to add evergreen beauty near decks and patios, as a floral screen or hedge, and in large containers.

This tree does prefer moist soil, especially when newly planted. When your tree is newly planted, water deeply 3 times per week. Water 1 to 2 times per week for the next couple of months. After establishment, your Magnolia will be drought tolerant and only need watering once weekly in summer. The tree produces a heavy bloom in spring and then blooms on and off the rest of the year (more in warm months).

Considering that Magnolia is believed to have existed from the beginning of time, it symbolizes longevity and perseverance. Magnolias can also represent nobility, love for nature, feminine sweetness, and beauty.

If you'd like to see more curb appeal, and possibly even a Little Gem Magnolia, in your Gainesville landscaping - give us a call or text at (352) 378-5296 or fill out the contact us form at the top of the page.

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