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Fragrant Champaca Information: Tips On Caring For Champaca Trees

By Teo Spengler

Fragrant champaca trees make romantic additions to your garden. They offer generous crops of large, showy golden flowers. For more fragrant champaca information, including tips about caring for champaca trees, click on the following article.

Like other magnolias, “Alba” prefers regular watering – the plant's soil should be kept moist, with moderate watering. To avoid overwatering, gardeners need to let the top of the soil dry out before rewatering. “Alba” prefers well-draining, rich soil with a slightly acidic or neutral composition. For either the garden bed or for containers, gardeners should apply an all-purpose, balanced fertilizer in early spring before new growth begins.

“Alba” is susceptible to aphids, which can cause leaf curling. To minimize aphids, avoid over watering and use a strong blast of water from your hose to remove the bugs before they have a chance to damage the plant. Spider mites can also cause damage, sucking the moisture from the plant's leaves until they turn brown and die. Remove mites by using either predatory mites or by spraying the leaves with insecticidal soap or other natural pesticides designed to kill mites.

There’s a magnolia for every yard or garden. Read on to find the one for you.


Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
This is the tree most people think of when they hear the word ‘magnolia.’ This is the classic magnolia with giant, glossy leaves and dinner plate-sized white blossoms. It’s the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi and is more Southern than sweet tea, y’all. It’s a slow grower, with a seedling taking 10 years to bloom, but it gets huge, 80 feet tall and as much as 40 feet across, becoming a truly majestic tree at maturity. Southern magnolias are evergreen but they drop leaves year round, so steer clear of this one if you hate raking. Cold hardy only to Zone 7. Popular selections: ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty,’ ‘Alta,’ ‘St. Mary,’ ‘Majestic Beauty,’ ‘Timeless Beauty,’ ‘Victoria,’ and ‘Little Gem’ (a dwarf variety)

Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
Also known as a swamp magnolia or a laurel magnolia, sweetbay magnolia looks a lot like a Southern magnolia but is a smaller, more cold-hardy tree, surviving as far north as Zone 5. In warm locations it’s an upright, evergreen tree in colder climes it’s a deciduous shrub. Grows 10 to 35 feet tall. It’s a good choice for boggy locations or clay soils. Popular selections: ‘Green Mile,’ ‘Henry Hicks,’ ‘Moonglow,’ ‘Tensaw,’ ‘Sweet Thing’


Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana)
Also known as a tulip tree, saucer magnolias were created by crossing a lily magnolia with a Yulan magnolia. Saucer magnolias can be a large shrub or small tree, reaching 20 to 25 feet in height. Flowers colors range from white with pink interiors to deep purple, depending on the cultivar. Cold hardy to Zone 4, so you can grow it a long way north. Popular selections: ‘Alba Superba,’ ‘Alexandrina,’ ‘Black Tulip,’ ‘Lennei,’ ‘Brozzonii,’ ‘Lilliputian,’ ‘Rustic Rubra,’ ‘Verbanica’

Star Magnolia (Magnolia sellata)
Cold-hardy trees that grow star-shaped white or pink flowers. These natives to Japan are one of the earliest blooming trees producing flowers in late winter or earliest spring. They’re small, reaching just 15 to 20 feet in height.
Popular selections: ‘Centennial,’ ‘Dawn,’ ‘Royal Star,’ ‘Two Stones,’ ‘Rosea,’ ‘Rubra,’ ‘Water Lily,’ and ‘Jane Platt’

Kobus Magnolia (Magnolia kobus)
A slow-growing species native to Japan and Korea, kobus magnolias reach heights of 25 to 50 feet. They can be grown as a deciduous tree or shrub, depending on how you prune them. They produce white, star-shaped flowers up to four inches across. Cold hardy to zone 5. Popular selection: ‘Wada’s Memory’

Loebner Magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri) are deciduous magnolias that produce pink or white star-shaped flowers on small trees that average 20 to 30 feet tall. They’re a cross between a kobus magnolia and a star magnolia. The leaves are smaller on these than other magnolias, no more than 5 inches long, and they’re hardy to Zone 5, so good for colder climates. Popular selections: ‘Ballerina,’ ‘Leonard Messel,’ ‘Merrill’

Cucumber Tree (Magnolia acuminate)
The cucumber tree magnolia gets its name from its fruits, which look a little like the veggie. This is the most cold-hardy group of magnolias, hardy to zone 4. It’s big like a Southern magnolia, reaching 60 feet in height, but has less showy flowers. Cucumber trees have greenish, tulip-shaped blooms about 2 inches across. Unlike other magnolias, they’ll produce fall color, with its leaves turning gold. Cucumber trees are native to the Appalachian United States. Popular selections: ‘Elizabeth,’ ‘Ivory Chalice,’ ‘Yellow Lantern’

Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla)
This one lives up to its name, with leaves that can be up to 32 inches long. It’s deciduous in most zones but evergreen in warmest zones. Native to the Southeastern U.S and Mexico, it produces dinner-plate-sized white blooms. Reaches a mature height of 30 to 40 feet.
Popular selections: ‘Palmberg,’ ‘Purple Spotted’

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