Alexander Magnolia Tree aka Tulip Tree

Alexander aka Alexandrina Magnolia

Alexander Magnolia TreeI love all Magnolias, from the huge, gorgeous Southern Magnolia to the smaller Little Gem Magnolia.  The Alexander Magnolia is one of my all time favorites.

Some of the most beautiful spring flowering trees are magnolia varieties.

When we moved into our current family home, we had to leave behind the beautiful gardens and trees of our first backyard.  It was quite hard and very sad to leave behind our favorites.  While I was able to bring a few rose cuttings and a single potted ornamental maple, the rest were left in the care of the new owners.

The first course of action in making our new house a home was preparing, planting and cultivating our own backyard garden.  That very first spring in our new home, I drew up a plan and we each chose our favorite tree.  The entire backyard was designed around these choices.

Our beautiful daughter and oldest child picked the Alexander Magnolia.  That came as no surprise to any of us since she had chosen that very tree to be placed outside her bedroom window at our first home.

Just like our daughter, this tree graces our lives with brilliance and spectacular beauty!

 

Alexander Magnolia Tree Bloom

Alexander Magnolia Tree

Alexander Magnolia tulip shaped bloom

A Few Facts about the Magnolia x soulangiana ‘Alexandrina’

Mauve tulip tree bloom

  • Large Dark Pink or Mauve Blooms  (At dusk, the blooms can look purple in color)
  • Tulip Shaped Blooms ~ 1 – 3 inches
  • Spring Flowering
  • Grows up to 25 ft. Tall
  • Spread 15 to 25 ft.
  • Deciduous
  • Requires Regular/Weekly Watering
  • Part or Full Sun
  • Soil tolerances:  clay; sand; loam; acidic
  • Drought tolerance:  moderate
  • USDA Hardiness Zones include 5 – 9
  • Do Not Prune this tree after the first year or two.  The wounds will not heal.

 

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Watch the Alexander Magnolia Tree Bloom Right Before Your Eyes – In just 7 days this Beauty goes from Bloom to Brilliance!

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Our Alexander Magnolia Tree

Alexander Magnolia Tree spring bloomingThis has been a very easy tree to raise.  Again, it reminds me of our daughter.  We brought it home as a baby, gave it the basic care and adoration and it continues to exceed our greatest expectations.

It is truly easier to purchase a tree when it is small.  It is cheaper, much easier to plant and it fits in the back of our SUV.

When we planted it, we mixed and added a root simulator and we took care of it by watering it.  That’s it!

Otherwise, we just enjoy it.

 

Our Alexander Magnolia Tree Adds Beauty on an Overcast Day

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Our Alexander Magnolia Tree Adds Beauty on an Overcast Day

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I have been gardening all of my life, literally. When I was a little girl, I worked alongside my grandmother in her garden. As a young adult, my children worked alongside me and we discovered a world of fun gardening. Now my children are grown, and I am still gardening, at my own pace, in my own backyard garden retreat.

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  1. Jean lannan says:

    My Alexander magnolia will not grow. It remains the same size all year long. Actually looks like a 3 foot bush. What is the problem and what should I do?

    • Cynthia Sylvestermouse says:

      I actually need more information to really address what might be the problem. Depending on the region you live in, it could be any number of reasons, including something as simple as too much clay in the soil and the ground not being properly prepared when planted. Does your tree bloom? That would give me a real indication about the general health of the tree. What about extreme weather? These trees also require watering. If your area is not getting sufficient rain, you may need to actually water your tree each week. The fact that it looks more like a bush instead of a tree is quite common, particularly in a young tree. How old is your tree? It sounds like it is over a year old, so remember not to trim your tree or try to shape it. While cutting some trees will actually stimulate growth, that is not the case with an Alexander magnolia.

      There are truly a variety of reasons why any tree may not grow in a particular location. As much as I would love to help, you would get the best advice by contacting your local nursery or a tree doctor in your area.

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