Ricki Magnolia, part of the Little Girl series, has an upright form accented by large cup-like flowers in spring. Flower petals emerge a red-violet with lighter hues in the center. Little Girl Magnolia series bloom about 2-4 weeks later than other varieties, which makes it less likely to suffer damage from frost in early spring.
Why it rocks:
Ricki Magnolia is part of the Little Girl series of hybrid Magnolias that were developed by Francis DeVos and William Kosar at the National Arboretum in the 1950s. Ricki Magnolia flowers with large cup-like flowers that grow as large as 4 – 6 inches across, red-violet in color with lighter hues in the center. Little Girl Magnolia series bloom about 2-4 weeks later than other varieties, which reduces the risk of damage to flowers from late frosts. This tree has been known to sporadically re-bloom in mid-summer! Green foliage emerges after the tree blooms and will change to a bronze-copper in the fall.
Where to put it:
Ricki Magnolia is a beautiful conversation piece for front landscapes. Alternatively, this tree's shrub-like form makes it a great option for privacy and screening and does well along borders or property lines. This tree can be used as an informal hedge. Ricki Magnolia should be planted at least 10ft away from buildings.
What it needs:
Ricki Magnolia is tolerant of clay soil, however, prefers well-drained soil. This tree will do best in full sun to part shade where it will get at least 6 – 8 hours of sun per day. Likes sheltered locations, protected from strong winds. Be sure to follow our watering guidelines for the first few growing seasons until the tree’s root system is well established.
|Botanical Name||Magnolia 'Ricki'|
|Tree Type||Ornamental & Flowering|
|Size Range||Compact Tree (6-15 feet)|
|Fall Color||Yellow/Gold, Brown/Copper|
|Flower Color||Pink, Purple|
|Landscape Uses||Under Utility Wires, Hedge, Privacy/Screening, Ornamental/Flowering|
|Growth Rate||Slow to Moderate|
|Plant Tolerance||Very Adaptable|