Over 30 years ago, researches began crossing the Cucumber Tree (Magnolia acuminate) with other species in their quest for a yellow-flowered Magnolia. 'Butterflies' is one of the most highly rated results—some say the best effort to date. Its abundant, 4–5″ flowers are a good yellow (not pale yellow) and sit upright on the branches in mid-spring before the leaves appear. Plants mature to 20–30′ in height and will be about half that size after 10 years. Choose a site with moist, well-drained soil and give 'Butterflies' room to spread its wings. PP 7,456.
Magnolia is a genus of over 100 species of trees and shrubs widely distributed from the Himalayas to east Asia and in the Americas. Introduced Japanese and Chinese species and their hybrids, such as the showy white Star Magnolia and the pink Saucer Magnolia draw the most attention in spring. The handful of species native to Eastern North America include the magnificent, evergreen Southern Magnolia (M. grandiflora), Sweet Bay (M. virginiana), and the large Cucumber Tree (M. acuminata) that is a part of 'Butterflies' heritage.
For more information on the growing and care of Magnolia, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Polly from Central Maryland
It's a beautiful, easy-to-grow tree. Mine is viewed against a background of evergreens which really makes the yellow flowers 'pop-out.' But you have to be patient, it has to be fair-size before it starts to bloom. Not for someone who plans to move in a couple of years unless they want to leave the next owners a real gift.
enraptured from North Salem, NY
This is a gorgeous flowering tree that we are growing to the side of huge evergreens and they are competing nicely indeed. The area is heavily shadowed most of the day but the young trees are thriving. They bloom at a very young age.
Unfortunately the deer browse them heavily and so young trees must be fenced until large enough to take the browsing. Would still have planted them!
Rita Jacobson from Highland WI
The most special thing about my Magnolia Butterfly Tree, is the long wait for Spring in Wisconsin Winters. I purchased this tree about 5 years ago, and every year there are more blooms then the previous year. I planted it right behind my deck on the east side of the house, to protect it from strong west winds. It is doing great and is also right by my patio doors in my office so seing the blooms for the first time in April or May, depending on when spring finally decides to warm up our long Wisconsin seasons. She is now about 20 feet tall and very healthy looking, with an abundance of large green leaves that are now offering morning shade on the deck.
plantladyalways from Torrington, CT
I purchased two Magnolia 'Butterflies' five years ago. My soil tends to be high in nitrogen, so they reach full height in 3 years, but only sparsely bloomed. Last spring, a representative in the horticulture department at White Flower Farm told me to fertilizer with 15-30-15 and to prune hard right after the normal blooming time to control size. This spring, both trees have 15-20 blooms. My patience has been rewarded! Thanks for the great advice White Flower Farm.
An excellent specimen or landscape tree. Plant Magnolia in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained, slightly acid soil. Pruning requirement are minimal—remove dead or broken branches in late winter or early spring when plant is dormant. Other pruning can be done as needed after bloom.