Hybrid; M. acuminata is native to the Eastern U.S., M. denudata is from China.
Full to part sun, moist, well-drained soils.
Magnolia x 'Elizabeth' is the result of a cross between M. acuminata and M. denudata. It has a neat and pyramidal growth habit. The flowers emerge from finely tapering buds and are a clear primrose yellow. Flowers open in late-April to mid-May, are fragrant, and bloom before foliage leafs out in the spring. Mature size is around 30-50 feet high and 20-35 feet wide. A beautiful tree for specimen plantings, especially if early spring color is needed.
Obovate, green leaves are 4-9 inches long.
Bark is gray
Fragrant, pale yellow, 3 inches across.
Fruit is a cone-shaped mass of red seeds; rarely seen.
Michael Dirr successfully propagated this plant from softwood cuttings.