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Sunburst Magnolia

Magnolia 'Sunburst'

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Sunburst Magnolia (Magnolia 'Sunburst') at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Sunburst Magnolia flowers

Sunburst Magnolia flowers

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

A wonderful fast growing magnolia which features large lemon-yellow flowers in spring on a shapely pyramidal form, flowers emerge with the leaves; why not have an enviable shade tree that flowers profusely in spring?

Ornamental Features

Sunburst Magnolia is covered in stunning fragrant lemon yellow cup-shaped flowers held atop the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive light green flower buds. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruits are showy pink pods displayed in early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sunburst Magnolia is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sunburst Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Sunburst Magnolia will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features