Claudia Wannamaker Southern Magnolia is one of our favorites. With its upright growth habit, bright green foliage and beautiful blooms, Claudia Magnolia is hard to beat. It’s also suited to today’s smaller landscapes.
Bracken’s Brown Beauty Southern Magnolia is one of the most popular cultivars of Magnolias in use today. With its tight growth habit and suitability for smaller landscapes, its easy to see why this cultivar is so extensively used. It is also thought to have a better degree of cold tolerance allowing it to be used well into Zone 5.
A cultivar discovered in Eastern North Carolina, Lil Gem has skyrocketed to popularity in areas all over the world where it can thrive. Lil Gem’s biggest attribute is it will bloom non-stop from Spring until heavy frosts in the fall whereas other cultivars bloom traditionally in the May and June time frame and then stop.
Moving them can often result in excessive leaf drop but moving them in Summer will mitigate that problem.
Teddy Bear Southern Magnolia is a newer cultivar and has tight and full leaf and branching structures. Being relatively new, it is somewhat hard to find but availability is improving.
Heirloom Southern Magnolia is the original base cultivar of Southern Magnolia. This is the Magnolia you frequently see on old Southern home places which frequently takes up the whole property!!! Roughly translated this is not a cultivar for smaller properties. This cultivar must also be moved in hotter weather and can initially experience excessive leaf drop.