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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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Easley, South Carolina

Inman, South Carolina

Loudon, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 25, 2017, PhillyLover from Philadelphia Suburbs, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of my favorite magnolias for the very large, tropical-looking leaves. Grows quickly...about 2-3' per year. I have mine planted in 3/4 day sun and do provide some supplemental watering in the heat of summer. As with my Magnolia virginiana trees, I have to treat with a systemic insecticide by Mother's Day each year or the leaves are marred with the trails of magnolia leaf miners.

May 2017 note: just before bud opening this year, some evil squirrel climbed this and my Magnolia macrophylla chewed off several flower buds, dropped them to the ground and shredded them. He was promptly removed from the property!


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 repo... read more


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.


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


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 ... read more


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!


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.