Little Gem Magnolia

doniki(z5/6 NE Ohio)August 23, 2005

Okay, I found a beautiful Little Gem Southern Magnolia in Cincinnati this weekend, for a great price, that I couldn't pass up.... I know this is tender... but the owner said it was a very reliable performer in Southern Ohio... not as hardy as Edith Bogue, but "gardenworthy." Does anybody out there in the Midwest (zone 6) grow "Little Gem." I am seeing it sold everywhere recently in OH- from Cleveland to Cincy. I've done some research on it and nurseries in Marietta, OH and Columbus, OH both report that it is much hardier than given credit... The same nurseries said it was one of the best for OH conditions? I don't know if that is true or not... I do live in the city, so I benefit from some extra heat... I placed Little Gem facing the East against my neighbors house and a screen of Arborvitae. The area gets little winter sun from my observations over the years... Anyway, I'm willing to protect it with a microfoam and burlap structure, but just wanted to see if anyone had any first-hand experience with it.

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terryr(z5a IL)

I'm not in zone 6, but I had one while living in TN. It's my understanding they need full sun. I did a search and turned up anywhere from zone 7 to 5.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2005 at 10:11PM
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I'm considering getting a Little Gem as well and I'm wondering how yours faired this winter. How are the leaves? Any winter scorch? I'd love to see photos of your Little Gem if you have any. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2006 at 10:00AM
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doniki(z5/6 NE Ohio)

Well, it's not looking good... almost complete winter kill, after a low of 3F one night and a few other nights between 7-10. Of the 6 ft plant I started with, probably the bottom 2ft are alive. Not nearly as hardy as Edith Bogue, around here... But may do well for you in a warmer zone 6.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2006 at 10:24AM
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Doniki I'm so sorry to hear that your Little Gem is having such a hard time. Hopefully it will recover.

I'm seeing the various magnolias bloom right now and I'm falling in love with them all. Since my yard is not too big I need to stick with a smaller variety rather than the ones that grow over 50 feet.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2006 at 1:10PM
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