Japanese Magnolia Searches

“Japanese Magnolia Searches”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

What’s going on with Japanese Magnolias?  Back in February, I posted about the ones blooming here, and now, everyday there is an unbelievable number of hits on that post.  In fact, it is the most popular post I have written.  Are they just starting to bloom in the far North? Is that the reason so many people are searching the net for anything written about these blooming trees.




Here are some of the searches that have shown up in my blog stats.

One of the most popular searches showing up is when to prune them.  Prune after flowering.

Do they bloom all summer?  No, a big flush of blooms, and then once the leaves pop out, no more flowers.  Well, that is not entirely true.  Occasionally, a few flowers have shown up in the fall.   I think that may happen when the tree is under stress though.  After Katrina hit and we had no rain for many weeks, my neighbors tree put out many flowers.  That was very unusual though.

No, they are not evergreen.  They are not bushes but are small trees.  They will grow to about twenty-five to thirty feet tall.  It does not grow very fast.  They are considered medium to slow growers.  They grow in zones 4 to 9.

 From all the hits I have had on the subject of Japanese Magnolias, this must be one popular tree.


  1. Nancy Bond said,

    May 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Oh, how beautiful! It almost looks like a fancily-cut radish with the white inside and the pinkish outside…gorgeous!

  2. Jan said,

    May 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Yes, Nancy, I can see why these trees are so popular. The blooms are something special.

  3. Melissa Beck said,

    July 25, 2008 at 10:40 am

    We have a Japanese Magnolia that is blooming right now (end of July!). I have never seen one bloom with the leaves on. Right now it only has one flower on the top, but it looks like there are other buds forming. Also, the flower and leaves around it look like they are being eaten by some type of insect. We live in Baton Rouge and have had plenty of rain. Do you think our tree is “under stress”?

  4. Jan said,

    July 25, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I am not sure. We had Japanese Magnolias bloom after Katrina came through. We thought it might be in response to the trees’ leaves being blown off and then the shorter days coming on which may have tricked the tree into thinking spring was here. I do not think it is that unusual to have the occasional bloom out of season. If you have not had a long period of drought, I don’t think it is under stress. If you just recently started having rains after a period of no rain, it could be. You can always contact your local extension office and ask them.

  5. maria burkes said,

    November 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    My Japanese Magnolia has dropped most of its leaves. It has over 30 buds ready to bloom at this present moment. The leaves dropped were dry and crisp. Maybe one or two leaves are introducing themselvesl Is my tree under stress. Marie

    • Jan said,

      November 30, 2009 at 5:40 am

      Maria, Japanese magnolias are deciduous trees so dropping leaves in the fall is normal. The buds are normal too, though they won’t open until early spring. Occasionally, these trees will bloom in autumn as a response to the shorter days, but most buds open in early spring. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

  6. Bob Lippre said,

    March 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    My Japanese Magnolia blooms twice a year. Early spring and again in summer. I live in Southern California.

    • Jan said,

      March 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      Lucky you, Bob, to get two blooming seasons. Only occasionally will the ones around here bloom twice.

  7. Renee said,

    March 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    My Japanese magnolia is full of leaves but there never were any flowers before the leaves came out. Why is that?????

    • Jan said,

      March 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Renee, there could be many reasons. You don’t say where you live, how old your trees are, how sunny the area where they are planted is, if you have ever fertilized them, etc. Late frosts can kill the flowers if you live in the northern area of their range, other trees could be shading them, etc. I will need to have some more information before I can help you. Your local cooperative extension service might have some ideas, too.

  8. Renee said,

    March 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I live in Hammond, LA – about 1hour north if New Orleans. I planted the tree last spring when it was in full bloom. It looked healthy all year and looks healthy now except for the fact that it seems to have skipped the flowering stage 1 what a bummer!!!

    • Jan said,

      March 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

      Renee, very often a plant will not bloom the first year it is in the ground; it spent its energy last year putting out roots and getting established. It should at least put out some flowers next year and be blooming nicely after that. Just remember to keep it moist this summer. It is disappointing when a new plant doesn’t bloom, but I am sure that in a year or two it will look lovely.

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