Magnolia fraseri (Fraser Magnolia) - Qt Super Plugs
Not available for 2018 - Mice ate the entire seed crop
Found only in the Southern and Central Appalachian Mountains from West Virginia to Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina and Northern Georgia, Fraser magnolia (Magnolia fraseri), also called "mountain magnolia" due to its habitat, is a common early-growth tree of clearings and cutovers in the lower to mid elevations. The tree is most common in forest "coves", narrow valleys protected by higher surrounding hills. The trees are most often found with red oak, tulip poplar and hemlocks. While not really a commercially useful tree, it is a beautiful ornamental, with a spreading, upright habit and smooth gray bark. The flowers are 8-12 inches wide, and have a sweet lemon-like scent. The leaves are large and showy, up to 10 inches in length and half as wide. Foliage appears in whorls, giving a rather tropical appearance to the tree. Large flowers are followed by cone-like fruits, with numerous small, red berries.
An excellent ornamental and wildlife tree, Fraser magnolia offers thick, cool shade and adds visual appeal to the landscape. The flowers are visited by pollinators, and the fruits are valued by wildlife for food. In habit, the tree has an almost tropical appearance, with its large leaves and flowers.
Relatively easy to grow in moist, mildly to strongly acidic soils, Fraser magnolia is an excellent, easy-to-grow tree for smaller yards. Typically only growing to 40 feet or less, Fraser magnolia's small size is more in keeping for patios, decks and other outdoor living areas. Plant this tree along with rhododendrons and oaks for a beautiful acidic woodland garden!
Common literature paints Fraser magnolia as difficult to grow, but we have found this tree to be a strong, vigorous grower here in Central Indiana (A far cry from the tree's favored cool, misty climate!), growing about 2 feet per year when conditions are to its liking. Fraser magnolia grows much more strongly than Umbrella magnolia, and its smaller leaves are much more wind tolerant. (We still reccommend planting these in sheltered areas, though)
Seeds are started in February to Early March in Rootmaker® propagation trays, and finished off in Root Pouch half gallon containers. You will get a tree about 1 to 2 with an excellent root system.