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Magnolia virginiana var. australis 'Henry Hicks'

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: virginiana var. australis
Cultivar: Henry Hicks

Synonym:Magnolia virginiana subsp. australis

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BajaBlue On Sep 16, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This form has survived -24F unhurt. It remains evergreen down to about -17F (Dirr) It grows more tree-like than other forms. The original plant was a gift to the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore

Positive RonDEZone7a On Jan 19, 2008, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

Magnolia virginiana "Henry Hicks" is a great plant and we are starting to see more of them in the nurseries. It is evergreen and more tree-like than the typical northern Magnolia virginiana and is thus believed to have been derived from the australis (southern) subspecies, which also has these characteristics.

The foliage is less dense than a Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) and so it does not completely shade plants or lawn growing beneath it. For this reason, it also drops less leaves and makes less mess than a Magnolia grandiflora. Even though "Henry Hicks" is larger than the northern Magnolia virginiana, it is still not as large as a typical Magnolia grandiflora so it may fit better in a small garden. "Henry Hicks" may lose some or most foliage it's first winter in the ground but it becomes progressively more evergreen as it gets established.

I have noticed that "Henry Hicks" seems to have narrower leaves than some of the other cultivars of Magnolia virginiana - but otherwise, it is indistinguishable from typical Sweetbay Magnolias - except in winter, when it stays green!


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

Wilmington, Delaware
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Pewee Valley, Kentucky

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