Butterflies (yellow magnolia) Magnolia acuminata 'Butterflies'??

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  1. rockandroller

    rockandroller Active Member

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    Does anyone have experience with this variety? I'm leaning towards getting one, but not 100% sure it'll be a good fit for my location.

    I'm in the Okanagan (zone5) and these 'Butterflies' trees are reputed to be hardy enough. Plenty of Magnolias around, the city has planted dozens of the smallish white star-shaped ones, and I see some of the bigger pink sorts from time to time. Local nursery is selling Magnolia Liliiflora "Negra", if that's any indication...

    Anyway, I have a spot that would be great for a tree that grows no more than about 20 feet tall when mature. ( power lines above that). It would be partially shaded on one (south-west) side by a two story building, (protected from our sometimes scorching hot summer sun) and (until it gets to be ten feet tall) it would be protected from the sometimes ferocious winter winds on the east side by a fence. Still should garner a good 5 hours of sunshine, we get a lot of sunshine here!

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    Not all that much room to spread until it clears the fence, I'm looking to put it in the corner of the property, about six feet from the fence (and the building). I'm hopeful there's a way to train or prune these to grow more vertically, so it's not eventually impinging on the fence/house. I realize there are dwarf varieties that would never spread more than ten feet - but until it's at least ten feet TALL, it will be almost invisible from the street. ( And it's really a long-term neighborhood beautification project, as I would rarely be able to view it from inside my property... )

    It will be the only tree (indeed the only flora) in that part of the lot - it's a steep slope there now, just dirt covered in gravel. So plenty of room for its roots to spread out, I imagine...

    Anyway, if anyone has grown "Butterflies", I'd be interested in your comments!! Or if anyone can suggest an equally showy tree that naturally tends to not be too spreading, and tops out around 18-22 feet when mature...
     
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    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Thanks Jim!

    Planted mine today - it's just a 3-foot stick with a few buds and a (healthy looking) root ball, so it has a long way to go! :-)
     

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