Here is another superb suggestion for residential landscapes. This is a cultivar of Sweet bay magnolia, a semi-evergreen native to the southeastern United States, and it’s called 'Moonglow' or Magnolia virginiana 'Moonglow'. The name derives from the ethereal glow of the white blossoms at night. This cultivar is even better than the species with more vigorous upright growth, better cold hardiness, evergreen foliage, and larger flowers. And what flowers! Chalice-shaped, creamy white, waxy flowers appear in mid-spring continuing on for about a month and sporadically into the summer. And what a fragrance! It is a pronounced lemony-ginger scent that is addictive. This  medium-sized, vase-shaped tree typically grows to 35 feet tall with a spread of about 15 feet, making it a choice candidate for today's smaller gardens. And its mostly evergreen leaves are glossy dark green above and silvery-green below and striking when tossed in a breeze. It is easily grown in acidic soils, medium to wet and in full sun to part shade. And 'Moonglow', unlike other magnolias, it will accommodate itself to those low spots in your garden or near ponds and streams. And it does quite well in heavy clay with no serious insect or disease problems.

It has beautiful foliage, beautiful flower, excellent form and size and wide adaptability. And it is long-lived and trouble-free. 'Moonglow' magnolia is adaptable to most of the southern half of the US, the UK, New Zealand, and temperate Australia.


‘Moonglow’ magnolia

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