D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia Tree

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Fabulous Specimen Tree D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia Tree

  • Magnificent, Larger-Sized Broad-Leaved Evergreen Tree
  • Tight, Upright Pyramidal Growth
  • Outstanding Visual Screen
  • Huge Cup-Shaped Flowers Smell Like Lemons in Spring
  • Large Glossy Leaves Have Rusty-Brown Undersides
  • Use Branches as Amazing Floral Arrangements
  • Tolerant of Urban Pollutants

The phenomenal D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'D.D. Blanchard') is a staff favorite at Nature Hills Nursery. It features outstanding ornamental qualities, from the beautiful dark leaves to the large, fragrant blossoms.

This tree deserves room to develop into its full height and spread. While it does have a tightly narrow, upright growth habit, you'll want to study the Plant Highlights and allow it the space it needs for the best result. You won't want to prune this magnificent, upright specimen tree for size and risk losing the charming balance of the canopy.

D.D. Blanchard may be one of the most magnificent Magnolia tree varieties for the yard available on the market today. It's blessedly low maintenance, and the average or large landscape is perfectly suited for it.

Incorporate this special tree as the main specimen in your landscape design. You'll love the formal look of its straight central leader.

This strong evergreen has the classic Magnolia leaf shape—glossy green on top and fuzzy brown on the bottom. The large leaves make a big visual impact. Add a branch or two in a tall vase. You'll look like a professional designer, even without the fabulous flowers.

A single D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia flower can perfume a whole room. They are big flowers with a big lemony scent to match. The classic, vase shape blooms are at once traditional, but also have a bold, streamlined appeal that feels very modern.

In late summer or early fall, the beautiful, creamy white flowers give way to a cone-like sphere that contains many rose-colored seeds. They'll add an additional, attractive display to the canopy in their season.

You'll never regret selecting this wonderful Magnolia variety for your yard this year! Order from the expert growers at Nature Hills today. You'll appreciate the top-grade quality of our plant material. We ship directly from the field to your doorstep.

How to Use D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia in the Landscape

There are many ways to enjoy this versatile tree. The beauty of this great Magnolia is shown to perfection as a single-trunk tree. Remove the lower limbs from the trunk. You can limb up your tree to raise the canopy to suit your needs.

D.D. Blanchard grows with a pyramidal shape that is somewhat open, but still balanced and full in appearance. You'll appreciate how it allows filtered sunlight through, unlike its densely canopied relatives. It's possible to underplant this variety with a pretty collection of Hydrangeas and Hostas.

Or, allow the limbs to grow all the way to the ground. D.D. Blanchard trees look stunning with the canopy beginning at the ground and majestically shooting straight up into the sky. When left alone, the tree creates its own shade to the root.

Doing this allows use as a large, attractive evergreen privacy screen and sound barrier in a naturalized landscape. You'll easily block out unwanted views when multiple trees are planted in a row 10 to 15 feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

#ProPlantTips for Care

D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia has no pest or disease problems. It is virtually maintenance free.

The growth rate does benefit from regular feeding of Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer applied in mid-summer and again in autumn for the first 3 to 5 years. Organic fertilizers are not fast-acting, so a fall application allows for the fertilizer to be taken into the soil. It will be ready by spring to provide a boost to the spring flush of growth.

D.D. Blanchard Magnolia has a moderate growth rate and does best in well-drained soils that receive regular water. Do not over-water, as this can slow the growth rate of the tree.

Plant in a rich soil, high in organic matter with a slightly acid pH of between 6.0 and 6.5. Mulching will be very beneficial in the first few years in the ground.

The tree is great in both full sun and partial shade locations. Protect your tree from the hot afternoon sun in zones 8 and 9. Once established the plant can tolerate brief periods of drought, especially when mulched or when the canopy is allowed to begin at the ground.

Don't wait to order, you'll love the way this very special tree performs in your landscape. Order D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia from Nature Hills today.

Tree Form vs. Shrub Form

The details make all the difference in a garden. At Naturehills.com, we understand that little things like what form a plant is can greatly impact how you plan your landscape. So before you buy, don’t forget to check which form you’re getting.

Tree Form: 

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching to a more desired height. Sometimes, you will hear a tree form referred to as a single stem.

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms. 

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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D.D. Blanchard Southern Magnolia Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Magnolia grandiflora 'D.D. Blanchard'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 40 - 50 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green & Brown Undersides
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes