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17 Red Magnolia Varieties

Magnolias with red flowers are very interesting because it is hard to find anything else like them among the trees. Today we will look at a great list of red magnolia varieties.

Ian’s Red Magnolia

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Ian’s Red Magnolia

Our first magnolia comes from New Zealand, and this time it was bred by one of the best magnolia breeders, Ian Baldick. The market wants magnolias with the deepest and most vibrant colors. When magnolia Pickard’s Ruby and magnolia Vulcan were mixed together, they made Ian’s Red, which is the name of the flower.

It has bright purple-red flowers that don’t fade even when it’s wet outside. If you open them wide, they are just a little bigger than an adult man’s hand. They have the shape of a cup and saucer.

When the plant is in leaf, the leaves are fresh green, ovate to oblong, and cover the whole thing. At first, it grows very quickly. As time goes on, the growth slows down a lot. We don’t know what the final height and width will be in our situation, but it should be about 4m.

Vulcan Magnolia

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Vulcan Magnolia

‘Vulcan’ is one of the darkest red Magnolias. It’s a beautiful shrub or small, elegant tree with rich, ruby-red flowers. The huge, cup-and-saucer-shaped flowers bloom in early or mid-spring before the leaves start to grow. They are 10-12 in. across (25-30 cm) and have a lot of texture, making them one of the most beautiful sights when they are in bloom.

In each bloom, there are 12 petals that curve outward and are a little white. They smell good. A leaf with a large, oblong shape has a green color. ‘Vulcan’ has a tall, narrow shape, especially when it is young. This makes it perfect for small gardens. In the beginning, the flowers are more pink than red. As “Vulcan” grows older, the flowers become redder and redder.

Red as Red Magnolia

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Red as Red Magnolia

An Ian Baldick-bred bush or tree is shown here. It has a small shape and blooms from a young age in summer months. There are flowers that look like goblets. They are red and purple in color. Expect 30 ft in 10 years.

This plant would be a great addition to any Magnolia fan’s garden because it has large goblet-shaped reddish purple flowers that are held up by strong stems.

This Magnolia, like most Magnolias, blooms in April and likes full sun to partial shade. However, it is important to think about late frosts as well as cold spring winds, which can damage magnolia flower buds, so shelter is needed.

During the next ten years, Magnolia Red as Red will grow to be about 30 ft high and 10 ft wide.

Emperor Magnolia

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Emperor Magnolia

Dark pink flowers make up Magnolia Emperor. The flowers are also very big: 8 inches wide. It takes Emperor a long time to bloom, but you can enjoy it for a long time because it blooms in the spring and again in the summer.

Emperor grows to be 16  ft tall and 11 ft wide after 10 years. This is because he has grown a lot over that time. Plant Emperor in direct sunlight in a rich and well-drained soil that isn’t too wet or too dry. 

It’s a great tree for landscaping, pots for balconies or terraces, and streets and squares because it has a lot of flowers and leaves that are shiny and green. During the summer, cut back. Hardy up to -15 °C.

Felix Jury Magnolia

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Felix Jury Magnolia

Beautiful hot pink flowers that are 12 inches long and very fragrant add a lot of beauty to the landscape in the early spring. One mature tree can have  100 blooms at the same time each year. It’s a small tree with an upright, pyramidal shape and pretty light green leaves that would be great for a small backyard or to add color to a bigger landscape.
 
It was developed in New Zealand by Mark Jury and is quick to bloom at a young age. When it’s grown up, it will cover itself in many of blooms each spring, making it look like a flower garden!

Felix Jury is small in size, has a unique look, and is easy to grow, so it is a good choice for your garden.

Burgundy Star Magnolia

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Burgundy Star Magnolia

This is an amazing new variety with a unique upright, columnar shape. Flowers that are both beautiful and smell a little bit are all over the tree in early spring. They are all in a beautiful shade of claret red. A beautiful tree that can grow in most places, except for the coldest locations.

Rich but not dark burgundy red is shown in this picture. It’s not dark but a bright and bold claret red. Outside and inside the bloom are the same color, gradually fading to a lighter, almost pink hue. As in star magnolias, the flower petals are long, but they are also firmer and bigger. The inflorescence can be up to 8 inches across

Magnolia Liliiflora Nigra

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Magnolia Liliiflora Nigra

Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’, a deciduous shrub or small deciduous tree of rounded shape with deep glossy green foliage and somewhat fragrant, dark reddish-purple blooms in late spring, is a great choice for small gardens.

The flowers, which may grow up to 5 inches long (12 centimeters), have 9 to 18 tepals and are purple-red on the exterior before opening to expose light purple insides. As a spring-blooming magnolia, this one may continue to blossom intermittently throughout the remainder of summer.

This miniature Magnolia, introduced in Japan in 1861, is an attractive, compact specimen tree that creates a great focus point.

Genie Magnolia

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Genie Magnolia

Genie is a modest, compact, evergreen tree that looks great in small gardens. It has beautiful, scented blooms in the middle of the spring. The rich burgundy, tulip-shaped blossoms open from black-red buds. They are opulent, 6 in. (15 cm) across, and have up to 6-12 tepals with reflexed tips that fade to light shades of pink rose.

During the spring, this Magnolia mostly blooms, but it may keep blooming for a few more months if there is enough moisture. At a young age, this hybrid Magnolia starts to bloom, and it looks great as a tiny specimen tree.

Watermelon Magnolia

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Watermelon Magnolia

Magnolia Watermelon has beautiful pink, semi-double flowers that are no less than 15-20 cm wide in the spring. During the height of summer, Watermelon will sometimes produce a second round of blooms. From an early age, watermelon blossoms in abundance.

The leaves are circular and a mixture of medium and dark green. The crown is erect and slender.

A humid, nutritious, well-drained soil is ideal for growing watermelon. There are roughly 6m tall and 3m broad Watermelon after 10 years. Even in tiny gardens, this Magnolia may be used as a sidewalk tree or as an ornamental plant. It can tolerate temperatures as low as -15 ℃

Black Tulip Magnolia

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Black Tulip Magnolia

This is the richest, most spectacular tulip magnolia on the market, with six-inch-wide rich, deep burgundy-red blossoms that emerge before the leaves in early April. The short, thin, multi-branched variety is ideal for use as a specimen tree.

This petite yet stunning black blooming magnolia is suitable for a close-up focal point in early spring. Provides an important seasonal accent tree that may be included into foundation plantings. Ideal for the margins of perennial margins or mixed borders against a backdrop of towering, dark evergreens.

Stellar Ruby Magnolia

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Stellar Ruby Magnolia

Flowers with a banana aroma that range in color from pink to crimson arrive in late spring and continue to bloom throughout the summer and early autumn. Pruning is not necessary since the foliage is naturally lush and full.

Zones 7A-9B is suitable for growing this evergreen beauty that has its roots in Asia and North America. Stellar Ruby Magnolia is a multipurpose show-off that looks great as a border, as an addition, as a mass-planting or screening hedge, or in a big container.

Show Off is a deer and pest-resistant tree, making it an excellent choice for gardens that may sometimes host deer. This long flowering Magnolia is a fantastic choice for the garden since it is heat resistant and requires little maintenance.

Rustica Rubra Magnolia

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Rustica Rubra Magnolia

Rustica Rubra or simply Rubra is a well-known hybrid of  Magnolia x soulangeana that was developed in the Netherlands in the late 19th century.

Rustica Rubra Magnolia blossoms feature brilliant purple-red petals that are white within, making them very fragrant.

The blooms are large, tulip-shaped, and emerge before the foliage. Late summer is the time of year when enormous flower buds begin to develop. Adult ‘Rustica Rubra’ magnolia trees or shrubs produce blooms that may reach a diameter of 30 centimeters. 

This magnolia’s annual blossoming begins at 6-8 years of age and continues for many years beyond that.

There are two basic leaf shapes: large oval and ovate. The leaves are dark green and somewhat wavy. In terms of crown density, the Rubra magnolia has essentially no competition among deciduous trees and shrubs. 

I suggest planting in a cooler area to minimize frost damage to the blossom, which is a bit later than the parent variety.

Lennei Magnolia

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Lennei Magnolia

Large, fragrant, goblet-shaped blooms are 4 inches (10 cm) wide and are rich red-purple on the outer and pure white on the interior on Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Lennei’ (Saucer Magnolia), a strong, spreading deciduous shrub.

As the blooms grow, they spread their wide, fleshy tepals, exposing their white interiors and producing a bicolor appearance that enhances the floral show even more. Before the leaves emerge, the blossoms appear on bare branches in the early to mid-spring.

This plant may bloom intermittently throughout the summer, although its blooms are generally less vibrant than plants that bloom earlier in the summer. Larger than most, Lennei’s oval, dark green leaves are 10 inches long.

Red Baron Magnolia

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Red Baron Magnolia

The Red Baron magnolia is a huge, straight, thin magnolia cultivar. It grows to a height of 4-5 meters after ten years.

Before the leaves emerge, it blooms abundantly in late April and early May. Tulip-shaped blooms with a nice aroma. On the exterior, the petals are a rich shade of pink that gradually fades to a light pink or snow white.

Red Baron is remarkably resilient to the effects of winter’s cold (up to zone 4). It thrives well in shady, wind-protected locations. It needs a wet, nutrient soil with a mildly acidic reaction in order to thrive.

It is important to safeguard the root ball throughout the winter months. A year-round mulching strategy is advantageous. Suitable for city parks up to a size of around ten acres.

Red Lucky Magnolia

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Red Lucky Magnolia

As of late April to mid-May, the Red Lucky magnolia’s cup-shaped, somewhat larger, and fragrant blooms bloom. They have a moderate pinkish red or pink exterior with a medium purple-pink stamen center and are white on the interior.

This tree’s medium-sized, evergreen leaves are a rich green and don’t turn a particularly striking shade of orange or red in the fall. It grows into an erect shrub or a dwarf tree with a dense branching crown and an abundance of fragrant blooms.

The Red Lucky’s distinctive vase-shaped tulip form may be seen in the blooms. They range in size from 10 to 20 cm. 6-8 petals are reddish-purple to pale pinkish red with a darker base. The inside has a pale pinkish-white color. Early May is the usual time for blooming.

In August, a second, less showy blooming is common. For outdoor usage in parks and gardens.

Cleopatra Magnolia

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Cleopatra Magnolia

In ten years, we expect the structure to reach a height of 4 meters and a diameter of 2 meters. Growth is vertical, resulting in a conical crown with a pleasing appearance. If you have a small garden, Cleopatra is an excellent choice.

The maximum of flowers in zones 7a to 8b should be expected in April, depending on the climate. Cleopatra blooms for up to four weeks, resulting in late May blooms. Cleopatra’s second bloom in July is remarkably well-formed and black in color when grown in a sunny, well-drained environment.

The size of the flower is 8 in across. When completely developed, the flower takes on the appearance of a cup. Shoot tips and short lateral shoots both have flower buds.

Rose Marie Magnolia

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Rose Marie Magnolia

It’s hard to find a rose with a longer bloom time than Rose Marie, which is why it’s so highly prized. Large, perfectly formed, brilliant pink flowers with a lemony smell emerge from frost-hardy buds, and they provide a display lasting 4 to 6 weeks in April, about 30 days after other magnolias.

Late in the spring, lush green foliage appears in the wake of the blooms.

Late-blooming magnolias, such as Rose Marie, are less vulnerable to late-season frosts that may harm buds.