Botanical Name: Magnolia ashei Weath.
Common Name: Ashe’s Magnolia, Ashe Magnolia, Deciduous Magnolia, Dwarf Bigleaf Magnolia
Description: Oh my soul, this is a gorgeous tree that should be used in our gardens way more often. It’s endemic to only six counties in the Florida Panhandle, meaning that is the only place in the world where it is native to. The leaves on it are huge! They get 2-3′, yes feet!, long and up to a foot at their widest point. They are green on the topside, with a whitish coloring on the underside. It makes a beautiful sight when the breeze is moving them around. Being in the Magnolia family, it, of course, has gorgeous, fragrant flowers that are creamy white with purple spots at the base of the petals, opening up cup shaped, then flattening out as they age. The flowers have 6 to 8 petals, with each petal about 6″ long, so the overall bloom is 10-12″ wide. Bloom time is May through June, and the plants bloom at a very young age. The flowers attract all kinds of pollinators including bees and butterflies. Red to purple colored cone-line fruits follow the flowers. It loves being planted in sun to part shade in rich, acidic soils, which our area has. Grows 12 – 25′ tall and wide, is a moderate to fast grower, and is deciduous.
Fun Fact: The Garden Club of America named the Ashe Magnolia its 2017 Plant of the Year.
Plants in the 3-gallon containers are about 3′ tall x 3′ wide not including the container.
Hardiness Zones 6 – 9