Leonard Messel Magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel')
Richie Steffen/Great Plant Picks
This small stature tree has purple – pink flowers in bud that open to a light pink. Little pruning is required, but if you must, prune in mid-summer to limit suckering.
Power Line Approved: Yes
Min. street tree planting width: 5 feet
Mature Height: 20 feet
Mature Spread: 20 feet
Tree Shape: Rounded
Where to Plant:
Perfect for under power lines or in small yard spaces. Not appropriate for larger yard spaces or planting strips without overhead power lines.
Deciduous and green.
Purple-pink in bud to light pink when open. Strap like petals are similar to Star magnolia. Blooms before leaf emergence.
Pickle shaped pod that eventually turns red. Usually not present.
Photo credit: Pat Breen, OSU
Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun to light shade. Prefers moist but well drained soil.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Minimum Planting Distances:
- 15 feet from house or building
- 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
- 5 feet from underground utility lines
- 10 feet from power poles
- 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
- 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
- 30 feet from street intersections
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