Facts about Jane Magnolia shrubs. "Scientific name for Jane Magnolia shrub is Magnolia lilflora". Jane Magnolia is a hardy deciduous shrub that belongs to the Genus Magnolia and the family of Magnoliaceae. Jane Magnolia shrub is a member of the Little Girl hybrid magnolias that was developed in the mid 50s at the United States National Arboretum.
Characteristics of the Jane Magnolia shrub
Jane Magnolia shrub has petals that are white on the inside and gorgeous tulip shape flowers. The flowers are reddish- purple in color with a lightly scented fragrance. Blooming of this species of magnolia usually happen in late spring (April to May) and this reduces the risk of losing flower buds to frost damage.
The leaves are leathery in appearance and dark green in color. The Jane Magnolia deciduous shrub usually grows to a height of 10 to 15 feet (3.04 to 4.57 meters) when mature with a spread that ranges between 8 and 12 feet (2.43 to 3.65 meters). Jane Magnolia tends to grow best in full morning sun as well as partially shaded afternoons. It prefers well-drained, acidic, organically rich and moist soils.
Planting Zones of the Jane Magnolia shrub
This member of Little Girl grows best in 4 to 8 planting zones. At winter, it is recommended that you spread mulch at the base for insulation. Water requirements for the Jane Magnolia shrub are average.
Planting time for the Jane Magnolia shrub
The best time to plant the Jane Magnolia deciduous shrub is in early spring. This will give it ample time to be comfortable before facing the blazing temperatures of summer. To help the Jane Magnolia shrub grow faster and healthier, you can spread compost and acidic fertilizers such as Holly Tone.
Problems for the Jane Magnolia shrub
Jane Magnolia shrub does not have serious disease problems. However, diseases such as anthracnose, powdery mildew, dieback, canker and leaf spots have been reported in some shrubs. In the same vein, insect such as thrips, snails and weevils can pose a problem to the Jane Magnolia hardy shrubs.
Uses of the Jane Magnolia shrub
This type of hybrid magnolia is usually used for lawns because of their beautiful reddish-purple flowers. In other places, Jane Magnolia shrub is grown as an informal hedge.