magnolia questions

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magnolia questions

Postby greywater1 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:38 pm

I have an area about 4 x 4m that I want to plant a small tree. Do magnolias cope with exposed full sun and occasional hot wind ? I am still tossing up between deciduous or the evergreen ones. I am somewhat interested in 'Little Gem' but not sure if it is too small for the area. Are they relatively fast growing trees ? ( because I can't afford a big one to start off with ! ) Do they need much water ? At the moment it is a toss up between magnolia, crepe myrtle or ornamental pear.
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Re: magnolia questions

Postby Luzy » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:37 pm

Hi greywater,

Our magnolia faces west, so cops full noon-onwards sun in summer and a fair bit of whatever winds are around. But it is a large, established tree - as such, it doesn't get any supplementary water. Any young tree could do with some babying as it's growing and establishing.
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Re: magnolia questions

Postby daffy » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:01 pm

Little Gem is the dwarf form of grandiflora which is a BIG tree.

Any of the X soulangianas are pretty, although I think the crepe myrtles would be tougher in a windy situation.
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Re: magnolia questions

Postby abwal » Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:40 pm

Your climate will need to be taken into account. If you enter your area into your profile you will enable members to give you more accurate advice.
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Re: magnolia questions

Postby greg.l » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:16 pm

Prunus mume (Japanese apricot) are a good small tree; Pretty, fragrant, fast growing and tough. They can be quite happily pruned to a small area.
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