Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird'

Description: This Magnolia will grow to a large conical tree producing deep yellow goblet-shaped flowers with tinges of green on the outside which are more unusual for Magnolias. The blooms which look like Tulips when closed, appear in early spring as the deep green leaves emerge. Forms an upright pyramidal tree.

Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade, shelter from strong winds.

Height/Spread: A large tree magnolia reaching 12 x 8 metres.

Soil Requirements: Best in a rich deep soil with plenty of moisture and slightly acidic soil though fairly lime tolerant.

Pruning: No pruning required. Any shaping of the young plant should be done after flowering in late spring.

Special Requirements: Mulch in spring to maintain moisture especially on drier soils

Introduced at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in the USA in 1967 as a hybrid between M. cordata and M. x brooklynensis and subsequently introduced into commerce in 1981.

The genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).