Someone asked me today about a magnolia shrub that she saw all around the Atlanta are. I am at a loss. Does anyone know what my friend is talking about.
if deciduous, maybe magnolia stellata (star magnolia).
Here is a link that might be useful: magnolia stellata
The hints would be what it does, not where it is. Evergreen? Deciduous? Spring bloom? Summer? White? Pink? Purple? Maybe she was even asking about Magnolia (Michelia) figo.
I remember being struck by the Magnolia grandiflora in Atlanta, but that is a bit more than a shrub!
I'm pretty sure that it would be an evergreen and have white blooms. We are both in central Alabama and Magnolias are very common here. This just seemed like something new and interesting. She had said it would seem to make an interesting hedge (?).
Small-leaved and -flowered Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' is being heavily planted up here, it starts out bushy. There has been some promoting of it as "dwarf magnolia".
There is also the "Little Girl" series, so-called by Michael Dirr. They all have girl-names. They are a group of about eight hybrids, lavender-pink, shrubby in size and habit. I have one, absolutely bone-hardy and a very reliable bloomer. Think it is 'Betty', but I'd have to go check my files. Think they are pretty much alike. Early bloomers too.
I'm thinking it is probably the little gem. Are the "little girls" evergreens or like jap mags?
Kosar-DeVos Hybrids is a better term. Anyway, they're from crossing of star and purple lily magnolias. All deciduous, mostly purple (except 'Pinkie').
it could be a michelia. michelia figo is a great shrub with banana scented flowers in march-april. they are now listed in the genus magnolia. they are evergreen and bear half dollar sized magnolia blossoms. they can get large...i have seen them in the 15-18 ft range here in central alabama.
There is a Mag. g. 'Little Gem' in Knoxville , TN. that is over 30' tall . I guess that is dwarf compared to some straight species . The variegated grandiflora is a stew of a plant . For persons up north , look for 24 below . This cultivar came out of Knoxville in the mid eighties after scary low temps . 'Edith Bogue' is supposed to have good hardiness , yea right .
Yes: Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' "starts out bushy", becomes a columnar tree.
my collection of magnolias:
acuminata 'Koban Dori'
acuminata 'Moegi Dori'
brooklynensis 'Eva Maria'
brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'
campbelli 'Charles Raffil'
campbelli mollicomata 'Lanarth'
cylindrica 'Take One'
George Henry Kern
grandiflora 'Double Nantes'
grandiflora 'Edith Bogue'
grandiflora 'Harold Poole'
grandiflora 'Little Gem'
grandiflora 'Majestic Beauty'
grandiflora 'Samuel Sommer'
grandiflora 'St George'
grandiflora 'Timeless Beauty'
Joe Mc Daniel
liliflora 'Darkest Purple'
Stellata 'Jane Platt'
virginiana ' Henry hicks'