'Little Girl' magnolia hybrids
I recently bought a Japanese magnolia that is one of the "Little Girl" hybrids. It was labeled "Anne" at the nursery, but there is a good chance it was mislabeled. The plant had 2 labels in the pot, Anne and Betty, but the nursery thought it as an Anne. Half of their magnolias had no labels at all, but they were all "Little Girl" hybrids --Anne, Betty or Jane.
Anyway, I went ahead an bought the tree because it was nicely shaped, had lots of flower buds and was fairly priced. According to the books I've consulted, Anne will grow to an eventual height of 8-10 feet, while Betty and Jane will get a little larger, 12-15 feet. Does anyone know whether there is really any difference in height among these varieties? What other differences are there, eg, color and form? All of the trees at the nursery looked pretty similar. The buds on the one I bought are deep reddish purple in color and are just starting to open.