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PlantFiles: Cucumber Magnolia
Magnolia 'Butterflies'

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Butterflies
Additional cultivar information: (PP7456)
Hybridized by Savage; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ViburnumValley On Apr 22, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Butterflies' is probably the very best yellow flowering deciduous magnolia available today. There are certainly plenty of other yellow and "yellowish" magnolias around, and each have a niche that they may fit into (bloom time, size, habit). Except that 'Butterflies' grows to a pretty large plant (certain to exceed 40'), this ought to be the first choice for many. With some pruning, it could double as a shade tree.

Why would one look elsewhere, when 'Butterflies' offers vigor (1.5'+ growth potential per year); precociousness (flowering at only 24" tall, and heavily every year); fragrance; clean foliage; smooth gray beech-like bark; and upright rounded habit?

This is a great plant which will grace many landscapes in communities across the wide range of zones where it will grow.

Neutral nifty413 On Mar 15, 2007, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hybrid resulting from a cross of Magnolia acuminata 'Fertile' Magnolia denudata 'Sawada's Cream'. Rarely produces fruit. U.S. Plant Patent 7456.


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

Plainfield, Illinois
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)
Mount Washington, Kentucky
Bordelonville, Louisiana
Bishopville, Maryland
Raleigh, North Carolina
Groveport, Ohio
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Prospect Park, Pennsylvania
North Scituate, Rhode Island
Conway, South Carolina
Dallas, Texas
Cambridge, Wisconsin

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