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Umbrella Magnolia
Magnolia tripetala

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: tripetala (try-PET-ah-luh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama

Pensacola, Florida

Wheaton, Illinois

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Louisville, Kentucky

Slade, Kentucky

White Hall, Maryland

Beverly, Massachusetts

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Roanoke, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 26, 2014, OldLineState from White Hall, MD wrote:

I have had this tree growing in my Northern Maryland yard for years. It is a very interesting looking tree due to its large leaves and trunking patterns. It is also rather fast growing. I would recommend it for anyone who is into magnolias and lives in a temperate or subtropical area.

Neutral

On Jan 25, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A fast growing tree, best situated to a moist woodland setting (m. tripetala does not tolerate drought conditions.) The flowers are intensely fragrant, but may be unpleasant up close. Diamond-shaped leaves are clustered near the branch tips, resembling an umbrella (hence the common name.)

Easy to grow, but not among the more popular species of Magnolia. The leaves turn a rich brown in fall.