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Leonard Messel Magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel')

Photo credit: 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.

Potential Problems:
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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