Home Improvement

Can magnolia trees grow in shade?

Magnolias prefer a spot in the garden that receives full sun to light shade. That said, if you live in a particularly warm or dry climate, your magnolia might benefit from a location shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

Which Magnolia does best in shade?

The larger native American evergreen magnolia, M. grandiflora, tolerates shady conditions. ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’ and ‘Little Gem’ are a couple cultivars that are especially attractive in shady locations.

What flowering tree does best in shade?


Common and Scientific Name Light Shade USDA Hardiness Zone
White fringe tree, Chionanthus virginicus X 4-9
Pagoda dogwood, Cornus alternifolia X 3-7
Flowering dogwood, Cornus florida X 5-8
Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa and C. kousa x C. florida hybrids X 5-8

Where is the best place to plant a magnolia tree?

full sun

Magnolias grow best in fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic soil in full sun. Choose a sheltered spot that is not in a low-lying frost pocket – frost can damage the flowers. If you live in a cold part of the country, choose a variety that flowers later.

How much sun does a magnolia tree need?

Make sure to choose a variety that can survive winters in your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone. Then give your magnolia the right conditions, which is full sun of six or more hours per day. Magnolias also don’t like wet feet, so don’t plant them in soggy areas in your yard.

Can Teddy Bear magnolia grow in shade?

Due to its tight form, ‘Teddy Bear’ can make a fragrant hedge or screen. Evergreen magnolias prefer a part shade position in humus rich well drained soil. They are a hardy tree and can tolerate most conditions.

Where should you not plant a magnolia tree?

Because evergreens do not drop their foliage, do not plant magnolia trees directly south of the house or close enough to block the sunlight during the winter. Trees provide optimum shade when planted at least 20 feet from the home and at the southwest corner.

Do magnolias like shade or sun?

sunny spot

Magnolias prefer a sunny spot, with shelter from the hot afternoon sun and hot winds. A northern or eastern aspect is preferable. In frost-prone areas, young plants will need to be protected from frost for the first few winters.