Magnolia Yellow Bird

  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: Yellow

Yellow Bird is, as the name suggests, a yellow-flowered Magnolia. The yellow is more intense than some other yellow-flowered Magnolias, and similar to yellow daffodils.

It is in flower towards the end of the Magnolia blossom season - in May. The flowers typically last about three weeks, and unlike many Magnolias the leaves are borne at the same time.

Yellow Bird grows with a compact upright habit, and is a good choice if you want a Magnolia for a smaller garden.

Yellow Bird was developed by Doris Stone of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and introduced in 1981. It is a good example of a "back-cross", in other words crossing a hybrid (developed from two different Magnolia species) with one of the parents in order to try to get a more of an influence from that parent. In this case the parentage is Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria' and Magnolia acuminata - one of the parents of 'Evamaria'.  Magnolia acuminata is known in the USA as the 'Cucumber tree' and has larger leaves and more vigorous growth than some Magnolias. The result of the back-cross is a more intense yellow flower than 'Evamaria', as well as later flowering, with the flowers are borne alongside the leaves.

Yellow Bird trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
3-year Yellow Bird tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Yellow Bird magnolia tree

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

As with all Magnolias, plant in a sunny sheltered spot for best results. However Yellow Bird is very late flowering by Magnolia standards and should escape most frosts.

Yellow Bird characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive tree / plant
  • 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)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Beginner


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: Yellow
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Leaves and Flowers appear together
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous