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Elizabeth

Elizabeth magnolia blossom

Elizabeth is a compact yellow-flowering Magnolia. The large flowers are borne on bare branches, ahead of the leaves - Elizabeth was one of the first yellow-flowered Magnolias with this characteristic, which accentuates the effect of the blossom.

It grows with a characteristic conical form, wider at the bottom and and narrower at the top.

Elizabeth magnolia for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £59.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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You can pre-order now for delivery from late August / early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

How to grow

Elizabeth comes into flower later in the season, which helps avoid the damaging effects of frost which can spoil the appearance of earlier Magnolias. However like all Magnolias it is best planted in a sheltered spot.

History

Magnolia 'Elizabeth' was released in 1977 by Dr Evamaria Sperber of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It is named after Elizabeth Van Brunt, who donated land for the research facility where this variety was developed.

It is a cross between two Magnolia species - Magnolia acuminata from America, which has yellow flowers and Magnolia denudata from China, which has cream flowers.

Elizabeth characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsSheltered siteFree-draining site
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Yellow Bird
    Magnolia x brooklynensis
    Yellow Bird
    A medium-sized late-flowering Magnolia, one of the best yellow-flowered forms for the smaller garden.