Magnolias are hit or miss in Minnesota. They bloom so early that their blossoms sometimes freeze and don’t perform. But when they do, watch out! They are some of the most beautiful trees around.

Magnolias grow all over the world and come in a variety of sizes and shapes from small shrubs to large trees. There are a few species that are hardy in Minnesota. They generally flower in pinks and whites and are usually seen as an ornamental tree 10-20′ tall.

There is also a shade-tree form of Magnolia that is incredible but not always hardy. A few photos from the MN Arboretum are below.

Varieties – Leonard Messel, Cucumbertree Magnolia