‘Merrill’ Magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri)
The ‘Merrill’ Magnolia is a fast growing deciduous small tree with tender white flowers that provide a pleasantly light fragrance and an abundant display in early spring. ‘Merrill’ blooms at a young age and grows best when planted in a location that receives full sun. It can grow to be 20 to 30 feet tall with a round headed crown of dense branches. It’s a good idea to plant these close to a window or walking path where they can be closely admired and appreciated for the abundance of flowers that it provides. The flowers are each 3-4 inches in diameter with 15 petals and normally blossom in April here in Ohio. ‘Merrill’ grows best in zones 5-8 which is perfect for those of us in Columbus, residing in zone 6b. The flower buds of the ‘Merrill’ Magnolia are soft and velvety to the touch as they develop, making them a plant that is soft to the touch and enjoyable to admire, even before it blooms.