Kay Parris Magnolia Tree

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Excellent Dwarf Variety Kay Parris Magnolia Tree

  • Incredible Creamy-White, Fragrant Flowers
  • Late-Blooming Variety Wins Against Frost
  • Summer Blooms Last for Weeks
  • Rare Fast-Growing Magnolia Variety
  • Cold Hardy Southern Magnolia
  • Works Beautifully in Small Space Gardens
  • Dense Branch Structure and Compact Form Resist Wind Damage
  • Foliage is Dark Green and Extremely Glossy on Top; Deep Orange-Brown Underneath
  • Beautiful Red Seeds Feed Songbirds
  • Deep Root System Can Be Used Near Houses
  • Grows Further North Than Other Southern Magnolia
  • Easy Care
  • Remains Evergreen in Warmer Zones

Imagine enjoying the magnificent look and heavenly scent of Southern Magnolias in a courtyard,or condo-sized lot. No matter if you live in Cleveland, or St. Louis, you can successfully grow a Southern Magnoliain record time!

The petite Kay Parris Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris') grows quickly into a sturdy, well-branched dwarf tree. It is remarkably cold-hardy and behaves so nicely in small landscapes.

Of course, you'll relish the large white flowers that smell like lemony-sunshine. They last and last, but start blooming a bit later than other varieties.

That's a good thing if you live further north. The savvy blossoms play to win against Old Man Winter.

Use these gorgeous, showy flowers in cut flower arrangements. Float one in a shallow bowl, or add branches in bloom to a tall vase, weighted with glass beads at the bottom.

The amazing sight and fresh scent of these flowers will make your day. Even if you just leave them on your tree, you'll delight in seeing a variety of butterflies visit each bloom several times a day.

Keep your camera ready! Start a fun new hobby and make custom greeting cards and calendars with your photos.

Become an active participant to support the needs of pollinators. Kay Parris Magnolia makes it so easy!

All summer-longand throughout the year in warmer climatesbeautiful leaves provide attractive shade. Decorate your patio with a Kay Parris planted in a mulched bed behind your seating area.

In areas with mild winters, the leaves may remain on the tree all year-long. These semi-evergreen leaves will behave as a deciduous tree in cold winters.

As the growing season winds down, you'll want to look for the beautiful red seed heads. Be quick about it, as they are here and gone. Hungry songbirds feast on them quickly.

Use these marvelous trees as a single specimen, or create a truly effective informal grouping of them. You'll never, ever regret this choice.

Order Kay Parris Magnolia today. Please hurry, as this improved variety of Southern Magnolia will sell out quickly!

Are we out of stock? Leave your email and we'll let you know just as soon as the new crop is ready. Be prepared to jump on it...as you can imagine, people across the United States want to grow this tree!

How to Use Kay Parris Magnolia in the Landscape

With a small, upright form, Kay Parris makes a wonderful anchor tree at the corner of your foundation planting. Extend your mulched bed to include one spaced 12 feet from your house.

Commercial property owners can use them as a noteworthy avenue, evenly spaced along the campus drive. For individual trees that will not touch, plant 20 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Add several to a berm planting, or as a feature planting set out into the yard. Vary the spacing 12 - 20 feet apart in a loose triangle.

Remove sod and mulch underneath. Underplant with smaller flowering and evergreen shrubs and perennials as you install the trees.

Take advantage of their dense foliage as a useful flowering privacy screen. Plant them eight feet apart on center if you want the canopies to grow together and touch

.This tree becomes a very effective "living wall" to divide your lot into a series of outdoor rooms. This old designer secret will make your lot live much larger!

Add different seating areas on either side of your Kay Parris "wall" and enjoy the good life.

Take your time when siting your new trees. Spend time studying all the angles.

When sited correctly, our gorgeous native Magnolias develop into a perfect sculptural accent for your landscape. Don't be afraid to sculpt your tree with judicious pruning, if needed.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give your trees a spot in full sun, where Kay Parris will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. You'll have the best flowering display with plenty of sunshine.

They will perform at their best in slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Use a raised bed, if you need to improve drainage.

In alkaline soils, use a three-inch layer of pine straw or pine bark mulch, which breaks down to naturally increase the soil acidity. Never let mulch touch the trunk, and reapply annually.

Provide a regular schedule of supplemental water, if you don't receive enough rain. Soak your young plants to ensure their root systems are adequately hydrated.

Once they are established, older plants can tolerate a bit of occasional drought. However, we always recommend that you protect your investment with a long, deep soak as needed.

If you need to prune your tree, wait until after the spring blooms are past. Create a pruning plan before you pick up the loppers. Decide which limbs you want to keep, then remove anything you need to.

Even though Magnolias are not a preferred plant for deer, it's always a good idea to apply deer repellent to new trees. They are curious and hungry. Reapply according to directions on the label.

Add these "right-sized", cold-hardy cultivars of Southern Magnolia to your landscape this season. Consider yourself lucky!

These truly are spectacular, elegant trees to fall in love with. Order Kay Parris Magnolia 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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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
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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Kay Parris Magnolia Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green, Orange-Brown
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes