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Teddy Bear Dwarf Southern Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora 'Teddy Bear' 'Southern Charm'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b   Find Your Zone >

Special Attributes

Unlike it's larger cousins, which grow to 50 feet plus in height, 'Teddy Bear' is the dwarf in the family of Southern Magnolias, maturing to a height of 20-25 feet with a width of about 10-14 feet. This makes Teddy Bear an excellent choice for those who want the beauty of a Southern Magnolia but have limited space to work with. 

In addition to its smaller size, there are other big differences between Teddy Bear Magnolia and its larger cousins. Teddy Bear is much more compact and dense with a narrower canopy. The lateral branches grow more upward and much stronger. The blooming period is much longer as well with flowering lasting May through October. Dark green oval-shaped leaves with a fuzzy bronze-brown underside. Provided there is ample moisture throughout the season, Teddy Bear will start flowering in May and continue through the first frost that comes in late fall or early winter. The beautiful, fragrant white flowers are 8" across! Teddy Bear Magnolia has a slower growth rate, however if planted where happy can be adjusted to a slow to moderate growth rate. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright to 20 to 25 feet tall and 10-14 feet wide, Teddy Bear Magnolia has many uses in the landscape. We use it most often in evergreen screen plantings, as a focal point specimen, to frame in the corners of tall homes or other structures, or as espalier (trained to grow against a wall) on tall, open walls. Can also be grown in large pots, planters and containers of 18 inches or more in rim diameter. A fine addition to fragrance, bird, wildlife, cut flower and cottage gardens. 

Spacing:  8' for solid screens;  15 feet or more for space between trees

Cultural Preferences

Teddy Bear Magnolia is very easy to grow in most an average moist but well-drained soil, preferring one that is rich in organic matter. It grows well in full sun or part shade. At least 4 hours of direct sunlight or all-day filtered sun is suggested. 

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, prune, feed and water Southern Magnolia trees.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b   Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity:  20-25'
Width at Maturity: 10-14'
Spacing:  8' for solid hedge;  15'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Conical, Dense, Upright
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Large, 8"
Flowering Period:  May to Frost!
Flower Type:  Single, 8" wide!
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - extremely fragrant!
Foliage Color:  Dark Green, Bronze-Brown undersides
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Insect
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  4.5 - 7.5 (Acid to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low

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