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Beauty In Bloom


Magnolia trees are renowned for their striking beauty and sweet fragrance. With over 210 species found around the world, these trees have become a beloved addition to many gardens and landscapes. Here are some important things that the team here at Alterra Landscape Design wants you to know about magnolia trees:


– Magnolia trees are believed to have originated in Asia, with fossils dating back over 20 million years found in North America, Europe, and Asia.

– The first magnolia tree in the United States was planted in 1688 in what is now Charleston, South Carolina.


– Magnolia trees can range in size from small shrubs to large trees up to 80 feet tall.

– The Southern Magnolia, one of the most popular species in the United States, can grow up to 80 feet tall and have a spread of up to 40 feet.

Sun, Soil, and Water Requirements

– Magnolia trees prefer moist, well-draining soil, but can tolerate drought conditions once established. It is also important to note that different Magnolia species can have different needs- the plant experts here at Alterra Landscape Design can help you figure out which species will work best in your space!

-Southern Magnolias thrive in areas with full to partial sunlight, while the Star Magnolia will require full sun.

– Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s important to allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

Best Use

– Magnolia trees are often used as ornamental trees in gardens and landscapes due to their aesthetic flowers and foliage.

– The Southern magnolia is often used as a shade tree due to its large size and dense foliage and since this is a native to the southern climate, it also happens to be one of Alterra Landscape Designs favorites!

– The flowers of some magnolia species are also used in traditional Chinese medicine for their anti-inflammatory properties.

In conclusion, magnolia trees are a stunning addition to any garden or landscape. With their amazing flowers, good fragrance, and impressive size, they are sure to make a statement. By providing proper water and care, these trees can thrive for years to come.

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