Just as Magnolia stellata is coming into full, icy white bloom here on Queen Anne hill, I received the following magnolia inquiry:
Question: We are looking for a magnolia that is in the 20-25 feet range for our house in Columbia City. What would you recommend? I have memories of an amazing Japanese magnolia in our first home in Long Island. Would love to get your input on this. PS, my husband was inspired by your video and is threatening to resign as yard boy! Aaliyah Gupta
If you're looking for a quintessential evergreen, glossy-leafed magnolia, M. grandiflora 'Little Gem' and 'Elizabeth' both stay reasonably small, have lovely copper-colored indementum on the back of their leaves, and bloom in summer. The large, waxy, lemony-fragrant white flowers are cup-shaped and so sweetly scented on warm summer afternoons. Few other small trees have such a presence in the garden year-round.