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PlantFiles: Ashe Magnolia, Ashe's Magnolia
Magnolia ashei

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: ashei (ASH-ee-eye) (Info)

Synonym:Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei
Synonym:Magnolia macrophylla var. ashei

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Dec 22, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This beautiful small tree stands out in the landscape. It has enormous, tropical-looking foliage 18-32" long that might almost be mistaken for a banana's. It also has showy fragrant white flowers 6-12" across in summer, but the leaves are this plant's major distinction.

Generally single-trunked but low branched, and nearly as wide as tall. The branches are coarse and brittle. It usually reaches 10-20' tall, but the national champion is 57' by 37'. Though a small tree, this needs some room to strut its stuff. It isn't a plant for small spaces.

This grows as an understory tree in the wild, and will still bloom well in considerable shade. It needs shelter from prevailing winds, as storms can shred the leaves and shatter branches.

This has been reported fully hardy in Orono, ME and Exeter, NH, both in Z5a.

This is only found in the wild in the Florida panhandle. Like many native plants whose range is restricted to the deep south, this species is hardy much further north. Recent glaciation wiped out the northern populations, and since the retreat of the glaciers 12,000 years ago it hasn't had time to spread back into its former range.

Positive DeenDixie On Mar 29, 2010, DeenDixie from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

I planted my Ashe Magnolia 6 years ago in my zone 6B garden here in northwest Arkansas, on the northeast side of my house. It gets morning sun but is sheltered from the midday & afternoon sun and primary winds by the house. It was a 12 inch stick when I planted it, but now is approx 8 feet tall--- not bad for only 6 growing seasons. It has not bloomed yet, but I live in hope. Of all my plants, I consider it to be the crown jewel of my horticultural collection. Each spring I feed my Ashe Magnolia with 2 tree fertilizer stakes, and in dry periods I give it an extra splash of water. I recommend highly the Ashe Magnolia, and I hope to have one in my garden for the duration. Kind regards to U and yours.

Positive Butch388 On May 29, 2006, Butch388 from Youngstown, OH wrote:

I planted magnolia ashi 4 years ago on the hill in the back yard, which is a protected area with morning sun. It is going to bloom this year for the first time and it is doing fantastic for my zone 5. How is it that an endangered species can only exist in the pan-handle of Florida, but still survive in northern ohio? Great conversation plant

Positive mantis212 On Apr 8, 2006, mantis212 from Roslyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

One spring I purchased my Ashei, Magnolia mail-order it was 9-11" tall single trunk finger thick 1 gallon.
The neighborhood is old growth trees and evergreens, very sheltered. I planted in my front yard near my neighbors' blacktop driveway under a mature Oak so it gets full sun in the morning and afternoon.
The first leaves to pop out where shocking. They where very big even for size and shaped like a small chartreuse violins.
That winter I protected with a pile of oak leaves and an overturned 25 gallon nursery pot secured with plant stakes for the first rough NY cold season.
The next spring, I slowly looked under the pot and It was as green as could be! That year It's leaves became "full-size" chartreuse violins! By the end of the growing season It was one trunk about 18"-20". For that winter I put two med. plant stakes on either side and only when the temps or wind or snow/ice would get harsh I would cover with plastic (making sure It wasn't touching the plastic). With Oak leaves as my mulch.
In the next spring, It had one huge bud which opened into this huge white Magnolia flower. After bloom expired I cut off seed pod. Then it grew into three branches. The undersides if leaves and newer branch growth have a soft white powdery velvet look. People would stop when they walked by to look at it. (I have a lot of dramatic plants but they never stopped before.) When the breeze blows it flashes you with the white undersides, stunning! This winter was pretty mild till the end, then it got ugly. Biting my nails the whole time, I decided not to protect. Now it is April and there are three fat juicy flower buds at the end of each of the branches. In the nodes on the branches where the leave stems were attached the previous year , all now have leave/branch buds.
This has been a wonderful Magnolia. Hard to imagine everyone not wanting one, if in It's range. Also note worthy is that it seems to be pest free. Sometimes a nasty Japanese beetle will nibble but not too bad. The wind hasn't caused to much shredding, the leaves are pretty tough for being so large. The fall color is incredible, those chartreuse violins become solid bright yellow.
In the fall I only get to enjoy the yellow for a minute, then the acorns begin to demolish what was a spectacular growing season!

Live lush, Mantis212

Positive gabriellefsu On Mar 5, 2006, gabriellefsu from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

These native beauties are endangered. I currently have 3 growing in my yard, and they are all doing great. The bloom is a large, unique white flower that often weighs down the plant because it so heavy. In the winter, they shed all their leaves, but don't mistake this for a problem. They are slow growing, but well worth the effort!

Positive givemeliberti On Apr 1, 2005, givemeliberti from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

I planted this endangered tree which is found only in the Florida Panhandle in the fall of 2005 and I have a beautiful 10 inch bloom on my (only) 1 foot tall tree. Partial shade and well-drained soil are required as well as a sheltered site since strong winds can shred the papery leaves and break the brittle branches. The flowers are showy, with several long creamy white petals with a little purple at the base and very fragrant. In the wild, the Ashe Magnolia grows in the understory on slopes of ravines often in association with American Hophornbeam, Two-winged Silverbells, and Red Buckeye.


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

Atmore, Alabama
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Crawfordville, Florida
Land O Lakes, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida (3 reports)
Cordele, Georgia
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Orono, Maine
Bishopville, Maryland
Takoma Park, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Picayune, Mississippi
Exeter, New Hampshire
Roslyn, New York
Warrensville, North Carolina
Youngstown, Ohio
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Easley, South Carolina
Inman, South Carolina
Loudon, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia

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