Magnolia Elizabeth

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Yellow

Elizabeth is a compact yellow-flowering Magnolia. The large flowers are borne on bare branches, ahead of the leaves.

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

Magnolia 'Elizabeth' was released in 1977 by Dr 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 which has yellow flowers and Magnolia denudata which has cream flowers.

Elizabeth trees for sale

Height in 10 years
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3-year Elizabeth tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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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.

Elizabeth characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive tree / plant Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Sheltered site Free-draining site
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Beginner


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Yellow
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit