Boone County Arboretum
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Cultural Details for Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

Common Name:
Little Gem Southern Magnolia

Growth Rate:
Slow to medium

Average Mature Height:
15-20'

Average Mature Width:
7-10'

Flower Details:
3-4", 6" when fully opened, creamy white, fragrant, Borne at a young age.

Fruit Details:
Rose red September-October

Fall Color:
Evergreen

Bark Details:
Smooth gray

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No problems. Recommended for smaller properties.

Native Habitat:
North Carolina to Florida. Zones 6-8

Other Features:
A large dense shrub with smaller leaves. Makes a great screen or hedge. Cold hardy.

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled/burlapped or container grown in winter or early spring in full sun to partial shade.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu