Sunspire Magnolia

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Soft, buttery yellow Sunspire Magnolia Tree (Magnolia x 'Sunspire') is a fantastic ornamental flowering tree with spring blooms arriving a bit later on the scene to extend your enjoyment of these marvelous scented blossoms! Much to the delight of your bees, butterflies and vase arrangements! The fragrant blooms show their stuff among the green foliage that fills out this unique columnar form!

Sunspire gets its good looks from its parentage including native Cucumber Magnolia Trees and Liliiflora Magnolias! The yellow blooms arrive in late spring to avoid any late-season frosts from arriving unexpectedly and killing your floral show! The entire tree fills out with gorgeous green leaves for the remainder of the growing season!

The foliage takes on yellow-to-brown fall color and the unique cone-like seed pods show off their red berries for birds to eat. Deciduous Sunspire Magnolia is hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 through 8 and can grow to a neat and tidy 15-20 feet in height, but only a modest 5 to 8-foot width.

Planting and Application:

Sunspire Magnolia Trees' columnar form means they can tuck into smaller lots and courtyards! Its ability to grow in part shade opens your ability to enjoy these ornamental flowering trees in a larger array of conditions too! Use it as an anchor for your foundation plantings and soften the corners of outbuildings. Provide pinpoint shade to seating and garden benches, or a lovely backdrop to other garden beds and border gardens!

The columnar form of this tree makes it a no-brainer as a specimen in your front garden to really boost curb appeal without sacrificing space! Though, you may be reclaiming some of the lawn to make a special bermed area to best display this unique tree! Highlight entertaining areas or use these columnar trees as street trees without worrying about wide-spreading encroaching root systems.

  • Buttery Soft Yellow Blooms
  • Unique Columnar Form!
  • Lush Green Leaves
  • Blooms Late Spring
  • Lovely Cut Flowers & Pollinator Magnets!
  • Specimen, Focal Point, Backdrop, Space-Saving Shade & Street Tree

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Magnolia trees thrive in full sun and when planted in rich, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Supply new trees with regular moisture using the finger test method and once established, Magnolia do best in average, consistent moisture environments. To help with moisture, supply a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over the entire root system. This columnar form tree requires little pruning other than the removal of dead or damaged branches. Prune immediately after the flowers fade - that way you don't inadvertently remove next year's flower show!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Rich, Moist, Well-Drained Slightly Acidic Soils
  • Clay Soil Tolerant
  • Prune Right After Flowering
  • Seldom Bothered by Deer

The Sunspire Magnolia Tree is sure to add sunshine and beauty to your landscape without sacrificing space! Order your own columnar ornamental flowering trees from today!

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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Sunspire Magnolia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Magnolia x 'Sunspire'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes