Common Name: Jane Magnolia
Campus: Kendal and Crosslands
Habit: Broadly rounded, forming a compact, upright shrub, 10 to 15’ tall and 8 to 12’ wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Foliage: Deciduous, ovate leaves (up to 6” long) emerge with copper-red tints in spring, turn dark green by late spring, and finally acquire yellow to bronze-copper tones in fall.
Flower: Small, reddish purple, cup-shaped flowers with white interiors bloom late in the season (mid-April to early May). Flowers bloom shortly before the foliage begins to appear and may sporadically repeat bloom in mid-summer. Blossoms are 2 to 2 ½” high and 3 to 4” across and consist of 8 to 10 petal-like tepals.
Interesting Fact: ‘Jane’ is a cross between Magnolia liliiflora ‘Reflorescens’ and M. stellata ‘Waterlily’. Plants in the Little Girl series flower about 2 to 4 weeks later than the two popular garden favorites -- the Star Magnolia (M. stellata) and the Saucer Magnolia (M. ×soulangeana), thus reducing potential damage to flowers from late spring frosts.