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Yellow Bird Magnolia - Tulip Tree
The wonderfully unique and interesting Yellow Bird Magnolia tree, also known as yellow tulip tree, produces an abundance stunning, bright yellow, tulip-like flowers that perch like birds at the ends of almost every branch before it's leaves emerge in spring. Get more details below

Yellow Bird Magnolia - Tulip Tree

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Yellow Bird Magnolia - Tulip Tree
Magnolia hybrid  'Yellow Bird'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9a   Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

The wonderfully unique and interesting Yellow Bird Magnolia tree, also known as yellow tulip tree, produces an abundance of stunning, bright yellow, tulip-like flowers that perch like birds at the ends of almost every branch before it's leaves emerge in spring. The gorgeous 3.5" flowers have up to 6 petals resembling tulip flowers. Depending on the weather and location, flowers buds begin to open in mid to late spring and continue for up to 45 days. The large, elongated leaves are rich green with a somewhat leathery appearance, which contrasts nicely with other landscape plants that have a lighter or darker foliage.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright 30-40 feet tall and 20-25 feet wide, the Yellow Bird Magnolia is ideal for use as a specimen tree, to frame corners, or against a large open wall in home foundation plantings. Can also be grown in large pots, planters and containers of 18 inches or more in rim diameter. A fine addition to the cut flower or cottage garden.




Cultural Preferences

Yellow Bird Magnolia is easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained acidic soil of average fertility and full sun to part shade. It prefers full sun for best flowering, however will handle partial shade. In the South, some shade during the hottest mid-afternoon hours of summer will be appreciated. Avoid constantly soggy or wet soils. In alkaline soils, apply soil sulfur and/or chelated iron to increase acidity. Pruning usually isn't necessary, however stray or damaged branches can be pruned immediately after flowering in spring. Feed after flowering in spring with a mild organic plant food or a well-balanced shrub and tree food containing iron or sulfur.




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: 5a-9b   Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Flowering Large Shrub or Mid-size Tree
Height at Maturity:  up to 40'
Width at Maturity: 20-25'
Spacing:  15' for solid hedge;  30'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright
Flower Color:  Bright Yellow
Flower Size:  Large, 3.5"
Flowering Period:  Mid to Late Spring 
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No 
Foliage Color:  Rich Green to Dark Green
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, 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:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low


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