Little Gem Magnolia Tree

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Fragrant Flowers on Petite Little Gem Magnolia Tree

  • Dwarf Flowering Magnolia Works in Smaller Modern Yards
  • Beautifully Shaped Narrow Pyramidal Tree
  • Fragrant, Waxy White Flowers Bring a Tropical Look and Sweet Scent
  • Extravagant Bloom Production in Early Summer
  • Sporadic Blooms Through Fall
  • Native Tree
  • Elegant, Bi-Colored Lustrous Green and Bronze Brown Leaves
  • Easy Care, Especially Once Established
  • Can Be Grown in Containers

One of the most versatile of all the Magnolias, the Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem') is the right size for many different landscape applications. It is proud to be one of the most important of all the Magnolias in the home garden.

Nature Hills expert growers take great pride in the well-rooted plants we sell. The care and quality is unsurpassed.

When you want a healthy, well-developed tree to beautify your home, shop from Nature Hills for commercial landscape-grade plant materials. Your Little Gem Magnolias will be delivered—safe and secure—right to your doorstep.

Native to the southeastern United States, the Little Gem was a select seeding discovered in 1952 and has been grown in the US National Arboretum since the late 1950s. It graces gardens all across Zones 7 - 9.

Magnolias are those decorative evergreens found in gardens all over the US. Their big, beautiful leaves and massive, sweet-smelling flowers are always welcome in the landscape. Unfortunately, most modern gardens aren't big enough to handle a full-sized magnolia tree.

Although this tree still grows to an impressive height, Little Gem is one-third the size of a standard Southern Magnolia. The more compact habit and the slower growth make this the perfect tree for a smaller backyard or as an accent tree in a larger garden.

Little Gem Magnolia is a shrub-like tree that has all of the great qualities of a full-sized Magnolia. But you can grow it in much less space.

As a bonus, this right-sized tree produces even more blooms than the species. These 8-inch, creamy-white flowers even last longer than their bigger cousins. With extremely fragrant spring blooms as the growing season kicks off, Little Gem continues to rebloom sporadically through fall. You'll enjoy these sweetly fragrant flowers for almost a full six months of the year!

The decorative leathery, lustrous evergreen leaves are dark green on top and have fuzzy, rusty brown undersides. Be sure to include these leaves in cut floral arrangements and use to create elegantly festive seasonal wreaths.

A dwarf variety of the magnificent native Southern Magnolia, these compact evergreen trees stay narrow enough to fit in modern landscapes. If you have limited planting space, the narrow column shape of Gem Magnolia trees will fit just about anywhere.

Order these expertly grown trees for your landscape today!

How to Grow Little Gem Magnolia in the Landscape

Use Little Gem Magnolia tree as a patio accent tree, a background tree for a perennial garden or for a beautiful privacy screen.

Yes, you can use this tree as a privacy screen or hedge! Extend the height of your hardscaped fence with fragrant, flowering trees. Little Gem will really do the trick to block unwanted views all year long.

Plant them 5 feet on center. Measure from the trunk of one tree to the trunk of the next.

What a magnificent tree to include in your landscape design. Its narrow spread works in today's smaller lots.

Use this versatile tree as you like. Keep the lowest limbs on the trunk for a shrubbier look or remove them to raise the height of the canopy.

Give it room to grow to its full height or keep it pruned for size with regular pruning. If allowed to grow naturally into its full height and narrow pyramidal shape, plant this tree at least 4 or 5 feet away from the house. It will be a wonderful lawn tree in a mulched bed.

Why not increase the impact by creating an organically shaped raised berm that is anchored with a Little Gem? Or, use two trees, one on either side of your front walkway. You'll instantly ground your house to the land and really boost the curb appeal.

This tree is also ideal to use as a patio container plant. Use the largest containers you can afford or create your own Hypertufa containers. They will stay smaller, but you should plan to prune in summer or fall as needed.

Little Gem makes a very memorable potted tree for your deck. Use a series of multiple trees as a lush poolside accent. Place one on either side of the front door to welcome visitors.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Little Gem Magnolia is native to the wet lowland of the southeastern United States. As you can imagine, it will require regular watering and increased irrigation during extremely warm dry periods.

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade locations. Little Gem Magnolia grows lush and full if given a spot in full sun.

In Zones 7 - 8, it will grow in partial shade conditions but may become a bit airer with reduced blooming. However, in warm, dry climates of Zone 9, Little Gem should be planted in a location with morning sun and afternoon shade for best results.

Little Gem doesn't like root competition from other plants. Keep things easy for yourself by creating a mulched planting bed underneath your tree. Mulch 3 to 4 inches deep out 3 feet from the outside of the canopy to keep the root system cool and to maintain surface moisture.

This super tough tree can handle winters better than most. In the South, it will be an evergreen tree, keeping its eye-catching leaves on the tree through the growing seasons in hardiness zones 8 - 9. In colder winters in Zone 7, the Little Gem may become deciduous but will refoliate quickly in the spring.

In summer to early fall, you'll see red-coated seeds develop in the decorative seed pods. The tree is low maintenance and has no disease or pest problems. You can easily keep it to any height with simple pruning and shaping.

Little Gem Magnolia is a tree with luxurious deep green and bronze brown leaves and bold, waxy white fragrant flowers. Let it become a statement in your landscape. Order yours from the expert growers at Nature Hills today!

Tree Form vs. Shrub Form

The details make all the difference in a garden. At, 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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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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Little Gem Magnolia Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 7 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium, Slow
Foliage Color Green & Brown Undersides
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes