Merrill Magnolia Tree

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Lavish Flowers Merrill Magnolia Tree

  • Expertly Shaped Into Useful Single Trunk Tree Form
  • Showy Spring Flowers Appear on Bare Branches
  • Blooms Later to Protect Against Cruel Winter Freezes
  • Beautiful White Flowers Accented with Pink-Blushed Base
  • 15 Petals Per Bloom
  • Fragrant Blooms Smell Fresh and Mild
  • Lovely Cut Flowers
  • Fine-Textured Narrow Leaves
  • Dense Branching
  • Vigorous
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Cold Hardy

Swap snow for snowy white blooms that are kissed with light pink in spring. These robust trees are carefully sculpted into a single trunk tree form for you by our tree experts.

With star-shaped blooms, Merrill Magnolia Tree Form (Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill') put on a glorious flowering display. Thankfully, the blooms open a bit later than other varieties to help protect against sneaky freezes from Old Man Winter.

Showy Merrill buds unfurl to lush blooms that are held on bare branches. Pristine tips deepen into a pink-kissed base, and are punctuated with a yellow eye. Each bloom contains up to 15 petals.

These natural hybrids are a modern breakthrough. People across much of the United States can enjoy their beauty, even in smaller yards.

It's not just people that admire their flower power, either. You'll delight in the antics of your local butterflies and honey bees, who come calling at these nectar-rich early resources.

Keep your camera close and start collecting all the different species. This gorgeous tree form is an ecologically sound, "feel good" choice, for sure.

Trim a branch or two to bring indoors. These stunning, fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers make very sophisticated cut flower arrangements.

As spring wears on, you'll appreciate their luxuriant, pointed green foliage densely held on the profuse branching. You'll get your money's worth from these valuable trees.

Screen out unsightly views. Shade your patio. Separate your space in a beautiful way with help from Merrill Magnolia.

This outstanding variety produces flowers from a young age. Experience their amazing early spring bloom, order Merrill Magnolia tree form from Nature Hills today!

How to Use Merrill Magnolia in the Landscape

With froths of fragrant white flowers and picturesque habit of growth, these exquisite trees are formal enough to place in the front yard foundation planting. Place one at the corner of your house to anchor the foundation planting.

Choose this natural hybrid Magnolia selection, which is excellent as a feature tree in front yard lawn plantings. Underplant with spring-blooming bulbs, evergreen groundcover and smaller summer-blooming shrubs in a well-mulched bed. You'll look like a professional garden designer for very little effort.

If you have a sunny side yard, place a row of them to define your property line. Your neighbor will be so thankful for this "friendly fence".

They also look terrific as an effective, large-scale privacy screen. Place them 15 feet apart on center, measuring from trunk to trunk.

Place them near your kitchen window, or behind your patio seating. You'll want to study their glamorous blooms up close.

Add to the sunny side of windbreaks for a graceful flowering accent. Create excitement with several Magnolia varieties, or include Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, Chickasaw Plum and Spring Snow Crabapples, too.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give Merrill Magnolia full sun. They'll flower best with at least six hours of sunshine a day.

Magnolias love slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Create a raised bed with additional soil, if you need to improve drainage.

Apply pine straw or pine bark mulch to a depth of three inches over the root system. Please pull back the mulch at least six inches all around the trunk to give proper air circulation.

Magnolias like to have evenly moist soil, not too dry and not too wet. If you don't get rainfall, apply a regular schedule of supplemental moisture.

Wait to prune to shape or correct until after it is finished blooming. Use a light hand, and preplan your pruning cuts.

Please place your order quickly, before we sell out of our limited inventory. Our Merrill Magnolia tree form is a "living sculpture" to grace your landscape!

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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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

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.

From To S&H
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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Merrill Magnolia Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 25 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes