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Magnolias for the Front Range

By Robert Cox, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Horticulture

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In protected spots and in soils supplemented with sphagnum peat moss, a few magnolias can do well here.

All bloom in early spring, when flowers are prone to damage by late frosts. The later the bloom in spring, the better. Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) has fragrant white flowers. "Royal Star" blooms a little later. Saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana) is another possibility. Consider also "Merrill" and "Spring Snow" magnolias. Finally, the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington has released several hybrid magnolias, such as "Ann," "Jane" and "Susan," known collectively as "The Girls." Several are considered later-blooming.


Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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