Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem')

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Growing Zone: 7-11
Growing Zone: 7-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Little Gem Magnolia
Mature Height 25-30 feet
Mature Width 15-20 feet
Spacing 10-15 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 20-85°F
Watering Needs Moderate (Once a week)
Growth Rate 10-12 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors No
Flowering Time Spring to early summer
Origin Native to the southeastern United States

The Little Gem Magnolia is a charming, evergreen tree revered for its year-round beauty. With a compact size perfect for urban gardens, this marvel of nature unfolds exquisite, glossy leaves, which offer a spectacular contrast against its stunning, creamy-white, fragrant flowers. This radiant gem is a prime choice for a show-stopping solo display or an elegant privacy screen, bringing a touch of Southern charm to any landscape.

How to Grow

Thriving best in USDA zones 7-9, the Little Gem Magnolia prefers full sun to partial shade. It adapts well to various soil types, though well-draining, loamy soil is ideal for optimal growth. Its moderate growth rate allows for an increase of up to 24 inches per year, reaching heights of 20-25 feet and spreads of 8-12 feet, making it a perfect candidate for smaller gardens or limited spaces.

Care Tips

Water your Little Gem Magnolia regularly during the first year to establish a robust root system. Though drought-tolerant once established, maintaining a consistent watering schedule will promote healthier, lusher growth. During the growing season, feed your Magnolia with a slow-release, all-purpose fertilizer to support its vibrant blooms and lush foliage. Prune lightly in midsummer to maintain shape and remove dead or damaged branches.


With its striking, pyramidal shape and resplendent blooms, the Little Gem Magnolia serves as an impressive specimen or accent plant. It can effectively create a living fence when planted in a row, providing privacy and windbreaks. Additionally, its compact size makes it a suitable choice for containers, bringing its charm to patios, balconies, and terraces.

Planting Tips

Choose a location with sufficient space to accommodate the Little Gem Magnolia's mature size. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball. After placing the tree, backfill with original soil and water thoroughly. To encourage faster growth and better establishment, consider adding a layer of mulch around the base, keeping it away from the trunk to prevent rot.


As a low-maintenance plant, the Little Gem Magnolia requires minimal effort once established. Annually replenish the mulch to retain soil moisture and regulate temperature. Lightly prune as necessary to maintain shape and remove any undesired growth. Although generally resistant to pollution, it's beneficial to rinse the foliage occasionally to maintain its glossy appearance.

Pests and Diseases

Little Gem Magnolia is relatively resistant to most pests and diseases. However, occasional issues with scale, aphids, or magnolia weevils may occur. Use horticultural oils or appropriate insecticides to control these pests. When it comes to diseases, keep an eye out for leaf spot, canker, or verticillium wilt, maintaining good cultural practices to keep your plant healthy and vibrant.



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