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'Little Girl' magnolia hybrids

Posted by dawgie z7 NC (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 12, 04 at 8:27

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.


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RE: 'Little Girl' magnolia hybrids

I looked in Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants

Anne - 8' to 10' high, 10' wide and more open than Betty, deep purple-red, 7-9 tepals

Betty - 10', very upright, deep purple-red outside, white inside, 12-15 tepals

Really, no difference in culture, make sure it's not planted too deep (#1 cause of woody plant failure, in my experience), it needs full-sun or mostly-sun conditions, good air circulation but protect from strong winter winds.


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RE: 'Little Girl' magnolia hybrids

  • Posted by Ron_B USDA 8 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 13, 04 at 3:51

It's spelled 'Ann'. This one and 'Betty' are among the more treelike selections. It also flowers earlier in the season than the other Kosar-DeVos hybrids.


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RE: 'Little Girl' magnolia hybrids

I have an 'Ann' and its 12ft tall and 7 yrs old. Here in N Georgia (Atlanta) they have been spectacular (the last several years the blooms have been cut short by a late freeze). I'm sure you will enjoy either variety. They are beautiful.


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RE: 'Little Girl' magnolia hybrids

I just planted an Ann last month on the southeast corner of my house. Is that a good spot? It gets a good deal of shade from a nearby limbed-up Foster holly.


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Up north here we find 'Jane to be hardier and shrubbier than the other listings...


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  • Posted by Ron_B USDA 8 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 1, 04 at 23:35

>I just planted an Ann last month on the southeast corner of my house. Is that a good spot? It gets a good deal of shade from a nearby limbed-up Foster holly.<

Sounds like the spot may not be the best one you can come up with. There may not be enough room or sun for it. Try to put it where it will have room to grow at least 2 storeys high, somewhat less wide, without being crowded by other shrubs or overhung by taller trees, which will deform its shape as it matures.


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RE: 'Little Girl' magnolia hybrids

is the little girl a bush or tree magnolia/

does anyone know the source magnolias for the hybrid?


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