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    Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' Low Branch

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    Kay Parris Southern Magnolia Tree

    Kay Parris Southern Magnolia Tree

    Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' Low Branch

    Regular price $179.95
    Regular price $199.95 Sale price $179.95
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    Mature height
    20-25 ft.
    Mature Width
    8-10 ft.
    Sun exposure
    Sun/Part Sun
    Growth Rate
    Grows Well in Zones
    6, 7, 8, 9, 10
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    Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' offers the charm of a Southern Magnolia tree but is suited for today's smaller garden. More cold-hardy and faster-growing than most compact Magnolia grandifloras, 'Kay Parris' is a dense, small evergreen tree with large, fragrant flowers. A versatile plant with resilience, strength, and elegance, it will surely be a stunning addition to any landscape.

    The Kay Parris Southern Magnolia tree grows faster and flowers at a younger age compared to 'Little Gem' and some other compact varieties, allowing you to enjoy her beauty sooner. Showy, 8-10 inch large, creamy-white flowers bloom throughout the season from June to September, filling the air with a sweet citrusy fragrance. Bowl-shaped or cup-shaped blossoms with thick, waxy petals radiate outwards, followed by cone-shaped seed pods. The flowers and seed pods of the Southern Magnolia are beautiful in floral arrangements, and also attract birds, bees, and other pollinators.

    The foliage of Magnolia 'Kay Parris' offers a lush evergreen backdrop that is equally impressive and visually striking. Its extremely glossy, narrow oval-shaped leaves are thick and leathery, featuring distinctive wavy edges. Measuring 6-8 inches in length, these rich green, shiny leaves reveal a plush, velvety coppery-colored underside, creating a dramatic contrast in both texture and color. Additionally, the dense, felt-like hairs of this Southern Magnolia variety help retain moisture, enhancing its drought tolerance.

    This compact flowering magnolia tree has an overall oval shape with a dense, upright habit and vigorous growth making it ideal for small spaces or large containers. It can also be used as an accent in a larger landscape. Reaching heights up to 20 ft. and widths of 8-10 ft., the Kay Parris Southern Magnolia can be utilized as a privacy screen, a small shade tree, or trained into an espalier, depending on pruning practices and the desired form. Tolerant of heat and drought, and resistant to pests and diseases, 'Kay Parris' is also more cold-tolerant than other compact varieties, making this Southern Magnolia an easy, low-maintenance choice.

    This little gem of a tree with majestic beauty, is a reminder that good things come in small packages. Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' offers timeless charm and is well-suited for contemporary gardens. A versatile plant with resilience, strength, and elegance, it will surely be a stunning addition in any landscape.

    Plant Care

    Magnolias thrive in moist, well-drained soils that are slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. They can adapt to clay, loam or sandy soils but do not tolerate soggy or poorly drained soils.

    Plant your Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’ in a location that receives full sun to light shade, at least 6 hours of sunlight. While Southern Magnolias prefer full sun in warm, humid climates, providing some afternoon shade in hot and dry climates can offer relief. Avoid areas prone to strong winds or sea spray to prevent damage.

    Water your new magnolia tree regularly, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged, until the roots are well-established (typically one to two years, depending on soil and climate conditions). Once established, adjust the watering frequency as needed, keeping in mind that Magnolias prefer moist, well-drained soils. Applying a rich organic mulch around the base of the tree will help retain soil moisture and encourage healthy growth.

    Kay Parris Magnolia requires minimal maintenance. Prune as needed to remove damaged or overgrown branches, or to maintain the desired shape. For a traditional tree shape or patio tree, consider removing lower branches to expose the trunk and shaping the canopy to your preference.

    Delivery details

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    Our commitment to your satisfaction goes beyond just reducing waste and emissions, as we guarantee that your products are in the capable hands of our expert team members. With their careful attention and exceptional skills, your plants and trees will arrive in immaculate condition, ready to thrive in your care.


    Q: How big is the Kay Parris Southern Magnolia tree in a 15 gallon pot?
    A: The approximate height of a Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' low branching tree in a 15 gallon pot is 5-7 ft. tall.

    Q: How far apart should I plant my Kay Parris Magnolia trees?
    A: If you are planting a few trees in a group, we suggest at least 16 feet or more of space in between trees. If you want to create a privacy screen, we recommend 6-8 ft. apart for a dense planting.

    Q: What is the difference between ‘Kay Parris’ and ‘Little Gem’ Magnolia grandiflora varieties?
    A: Although ‘Little Gem’ and ‘Kay Parris’ are both compact varieties of Magnolia grandiflora, Kay Parris is believed to be a cross between 'Little Gem' and 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' Southern Magnolias, and differs from ‘Little Gem’ in the following ways:

    • Kay Parris is faster growing, more vigorous, and more dense than Little Gem.
    • Kay Parris blooms at a younger age than Little Gem.
    • The leaves of Kay Parris are highly glossy and have wavy-edges.
    • Kay Parris is more cold-hardy than Little Gem.

    Q: Who is Kay Parris?
    A: Magnolia grandiflora 'Kay Parris' is an open-pollinated seedling of M. grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ propagated by Kevin Parris in 1991 and named after his beloved mother.

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