Cucumber Magnolia 'Butterflies'


Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Butterflies
Additional cultivar information:(PP7456)
Hybridized by Savage
Registered or introduced: 1991



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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... read more


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.