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Little Gem Dwarf Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

Little Gem Dwarf Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'

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    More about Little Gem Magnolia...

    Noteworthy Characteristics

    Unlike it's larger cousins, which grow to 50 feet plus in height, 'Little Gem' is the dwarf in the family of Southern Magnolias, maturing to a little over 20 feet in height with a width of about 8 to 10 feet. This makes Little Gem an excellent choice for those who want the beauty of a southern magnolia but don't have limited space to work with. 

    Though Little Gem is a smaller dwarf, there are some pretty big differences between it and its larger cousins. When planted where happy, Little Gem grows about two to three times as fast as its larger cousins. We've seen upwards of 2 feet or more of height added in a single growing season.

    Another thing that sets the Little Gem apart from its cousins is the early age in which it starts producing flowers. We've seen first year plants produce a good number of buds and blooms! The flowers are highly fragrant and are 5-6 inches in diameter when fully open. The blooming period is much longer as well. Provided there is ample moisture throughout the season, Little Gem will start flowering as early as May and continue through the first frost that comes in late fall or early winter.

    Uses

    Little Gem can be planted as a single specimen, as a scree, on the corner to frame taller homes and other structures, or as espalier against a tall, open wall.

    Culture

    Little Gem will tolerate all-day direct sun but will also appreciate a little shade or filtered sun during the hottest part of the day. It prefers moist but well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter. Consistently wet or soggy soil, or soil that stays too dry, will adversely effect growth rate.  

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    Customer Reviews

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    Most Helpful Reviews

    Timely and in excellent condition

    August 8th 2014
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    by - Dumfries, Virginia

    Anticipated the delivery....and unpacked the plants...they are great!

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Marco - Thanks for taking the time to provide your review. We're happy you were pleased with the quality of the magnolia. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can do for you in the future. We're at your service!

    What an appealing little tree!

    August 8th 2014
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    by - Spring Valley, New York

    As always from Gardener's Direct, this little tree arrived in an extremely healthy condition. I've never had a problem in this respect. Although it is young and probably won't bloom for a couple of years, the foliage is so attractive, with glossy and rich, deep green on top and a lighter, contrasting light green beneath. The new growth tips appear to be an unusual pinkish yellow which only adds to the appeal. The blooms, when they come will just be the icing on the cake. So glad I ordered this. I'm hoping that we don't have another brutal southeastern NY winter like last season. I believe this tree is hardy in zone 6, but I think it will need at least a year to really root in before it can withstand this type of harsh winter weather. I'll try spraying it with an anti-desiccant this fall, as well as deer repellent. This is one little tree I definitely want to hang onto.

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Robert - We certainly appreciate you taking the time to provide us and our visitors to GardenerDirect with your review! Unlike most other varieties of magnolia, 'Little Gem' is one that blooms at a very young age. We've seen 1 gallon size (1 year old) trees produce a bud or two. So, weather permitting (let's hope we don't get another deep freeze like in 2013) you should see at least a few flowers in 2015. Because you're right on the line of cold hardiness, it will be a good idea to provide some protection during the coldest parts of winter while the tree is young. The antidesiccant, a thick layer of mulch and even a wrap to protect from severely cold, low temperatures will certainly help. Keep us posted as to how the magnolia does in your zone. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!

    Size as expected! Arrived with three buds. Bloomed beautifully. Perfect.

    August 8th 2014
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    by - South Dartmouth, Massachusetts

    First time buyer from this site. Could not be happier. Tree was in great shape. Flowered right after planting. Thriving and growing.

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Paula - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us and our visitors with your review. We are very happy to hear the magnolia arrived safely and is now thriving and growing in your landscape. We have an old specimen in our gardens that is now around 20 feet in height after 10 years or so. It's our favorite of the southern magnolias. Let us know if there;s ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!

    AWESOME EXPERIENCE

    June 11th 2014
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    by - Waukesha, Wisconsin

    Wonderful customer service, fast deliver and the tree is beautiful.

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Ninlana - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide your review for us and visitors to Gardener Direct. We're very glad that the Little Gem arrived safely and that you are pleased with the quality. The Little Gem blooms at a very young age so you should get to see some buds andblooms this season. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with.

    Arrived in great condition!

    June 8th 2014
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    by - Avon Lake, Ohio

    Looks good outside & even has a few buds:) Let's hope it lives a long happy life in Ohio...

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Carol! - Thanks so much for the feedback. We're happy the Little Gem Magnolia arrived in good condition and that it had some flower buds on it. The Little Gems in our gardens here in mid Georgia start blooming in May or June and continue throughout the season. Amazing how they bloom so strong at such a young age. I did a quick check on your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone. You're in 6A. Little Gem is listed to be hardy to 5A, which is further north from your location. So, the Little Gem should be hardy there. That being said, if we have an abnormally cold winter like this past one (2013/14), it might help to put out a little extra mulch and maybe even wrap young, smaller trees in a blanket for extra added protection if temperatures are forecast to drop 10 degrees below zero or more.

    Little Gem

    April 11th 2014
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    by - Carl Junction, Missouri

    Seems to have survived our bad winter pretty well.

    Great little tree

    September 30th 2012
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    by - Washington , DC United States

    Packed well. No problems.

    Little Gem Magnolia

    May 31st 2011
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    The first magnolia received did not survive the winter. However, the response I received, polite, efficient, effective, meant that I remain a happy customer.

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