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Kobus Magnolia

Magnolia kobus

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Kobus Magnolia (Magnolia kobus) at GardenWorks

Kobus Magnolia flowers

Kobus Magnolia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kobus Magnolia (Magnolia kobus) at GardenWorks

Kobus Magnolia

Kobus Magnolia

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


A stunning accent tree for general landscape use, featuring large snow-white flowers in spring, neat foliage and a picturesque habit of growth; very adaptable, large growing, may take years to flower, but one of the hardiest tree magnolias

Ornamental Features

Kobus Magnolia is clothed in stunning fragrant white star-shaped flowers with purple eyes at the ends of the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy pink pods displayed from early to mid fall.

Landscape Attributes

Kobus Magnolia is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kobus Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent

Planting & Growing

Kobus Magnolia will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Flowers  Fruit  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.