Butterflies Magnolia

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 15 - 20 Feet
  • Mature Spread 15 - 20 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

To find a tree to make a statement, it is difficult to do better than the Butterflies Magnolia. With massive, canary-yellow, lemon-scented blooms, Butterflies, is considered one of the premier yellow magnolias out there. This petite pyramidal tree grows 15-20 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide. Its dramatic blooms appear in the spring before leaves emerge, looking like a burst of sunshine after a dreary winter. This exciting specimen has big tree personality in a relatively small package. 

The Butterflies Magnolia attracts pollinators while also being deer resistant. This smaller magnolia variety can be grown as a standalone tree or be maintained as a shrub or deciduous hedge. Once established, the Butterflies Magnolia is drought and heat tolerant. Combined with its ease at surviving the winter, Butterflies Magnolia makes for a beautiful yet resilient tree option.

Butterflies Magnolia Care

The Butterflies Magnolia is adaptable to various soil types, from clay to loam to sand, and grows well in both neutral and acidic soils. Plant this magnolia in a full-to-part-sun spot with well-draining soil, digging a hole that is at least twice as wide and equal depth as the root ball. This magnolia will not grow well in poorly drained or boggy soils, so amend your soil as needed. The Butterflies Magnolia will need regular watering in the first couple years after planting, but can handle periods of drought once established. Apply organic, nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as blood meal in the early spring to help the Butterflies Magnolia develop new growth.

Butterfly Magnolias must be pruned at the right time to ensure that they will bloom the following year. In the late spring or early summer, immediately following blooming, young trees can be trimmed and pruned to the desired shape and size. At this time, remove crowded branches and any leggy shoots. While the Butterflies Magnolia can be pruned into a smaller size and shape, it is best to choose a spot that allows this tree to grow its full size, which will require less maintenance and improve plant health and blooming.

Butterflies Magnolia Spacing

The Butterflies Magnolia has the potential to grow 10-15 feet wide and should therefore be planted at least 5 feet from any surrounding plants or structures. To create a Butterflies Magnolia hedge, plants can be placed slightly closer where they can grow together. The lower branches can be pruned up, leaving a couple feet of space beneath this tree to plant other shrubs and perennials or annuals.

Butterflies Magnolia Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Tree
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 15 - 20 Feet
Mature Spread: 10 - 15 Feet
Spacing: 10 - 15 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period:
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Birds, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Hedges & Privacy
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, Low Maintenance
Common Name: Butterflies Magnolia
Other Name(s): Butterflies Magnolia
Scientific Name: Magnolia X 'Butterflies'

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.