Facts about Ann Magnolia shrubs. "Scientific name for is Magnolia liliflora". Ann Magnolia shrub is part of the Little Girl hybrid magnolia series and is a cross between M. stellata Rosea and M. liliiflora Nigra. Ann Magnolia shrub is a hardy shrub or small tree that was developed in the mid 1950s at the United Stated National Arboretum by William Kosar and Francis DeVos. This species of magnolia belongs to the family Magnoliaceae.
Description of the Ann Magnolia shrub
Ann Magnolia shrub is a slow growing shrub that grows to a height of 8 to 10 feet (2.43 to 3.04 meters). When mature, the Ann Magnolia shrubs typically have a spread that ranges between 8 to 10 feet (2.43 to 3.04 meters) The Ann Magnolia shrub grows at a height increases of 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm) per year. It is a compact shrub that blooms between mid April and early May. The flowers are purple-red, chalice-shaped and are slightly scented. The leaves of Ann Magnolia shrub are ovate and medium green. However, during the fall season, the leaves turn yellow.
Growing Conditions of the Ann Magnolia shrub
Ann Magnolia is a deciduous type of a shrub that grows best in acidic, organically rich, moist and well-drained loams. In addition, full morning sun to part afternoon shade is ideal for its blooming. You should grow the Ann Magnolia shrub in a place that is protected from high winds as this minimizes potential; damage to leaves. Good air circulation helps to reduce onset of powdery mildew on these deciduous shrubs. It is also advisable that you mulch at the base during winter for insulation purposes. For best results, you can use compost or acidic fertilizers.
It is worth noting that the Ann Magnolia shrub are tolerant to air pollution and clay soil.
Planting Zones for the Ann Magnolia shrub
The Ann Magnolia shrub usually grows well in 4 to 7 planting zones. The water requirements are medium.
Uses for the Ann Magnolia shrub
This hybrid magnolia will brighten and spruce up any landscape. It is best used as a specimen plant or a shrub border. At times, Ann Magnolia shrub is used for hedging purposes.
The best thing with this hardy deciduous shrub is that it requires little maintenance. The Ann Magnolia shrub also does not have serious disease and insect problems.