Focal point, Pollinator Plants
Moist, rich, well-drained loams.
5, 6, 7, 8
Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun
Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) is a medium sized deciduous understory tree that grows naturally in rich, mesic woods. It is rarely found in the wild, and populations are small and isolated. It is listed as threatened in North Carolina and endangered in Arkansas and Ohio.
Bigleaf Magnolia is aptly named: it has the largest simple leaf and single flower of any native plant in North America. The leaf is 10-23 inches long and 4-35 inches across, while the flower is 8-14 inches in diameter. The fragrant flowers are a creamy-white with rose-purple at the petal bases, and they attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Spherical, cone-like fruits mature to red in late summer, providing food for birds and small mammals. When cultivated, Bigleaf Magnolia is more likely to succeed in sites that closely mimic its natural habitat and where it is protected from strong wind that can tatter its large foliage.
We ship from two locations:
Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.
Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.
We are now shipping for Fall 2023!