vtmcNovember 10, 2013

I live just outside of Washington DC, in northern VA, and am looking for the largest kind of Southern Magnolia I can find. It will be used as a blind to the home behind me. The home is higher up in elevation than mine and quite large so I need a magnolia that will get as tall and wide as possible. The tree will be planted in a wooded area so there is also not much sunlight. From what I can find on the Internet it looks like the Brackens Brown Beauty or Claudia Wannamaker would work best but I can't really find much information on the different types of Southern Magnolias. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

If you are referring to the magnolia grandiflora then I believe the biggest would be a standard ordinary tree rather than a variety.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2013 at 9:18PM
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I agree with the previous post. I once lived in a house where the lot behind was quite a bit higher. I transplanted magnolia seedlings from around the yard and they formed a nice screen and grew quickly. Most, if not all cultivars will be shorter. They are bred that way so that they can be used in smaller areas.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2013 at 9:40PM
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getyourleash(z7 Mid-Atl USA)

Swamp magnolia unless you want to wait a lifetime for a hedge.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 3:49AM
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