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.