Magnolia acuminata x denudate ‘Butterflies’

Butterflies Magnolia

Butterflies magnolia bears unusually large yellow flowers in spring, that are often fragrant.

  • Tolerates: Air Pollution
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Bloom Season: April
  • Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Spread (Min): 10
  • Spread (Max): 15
  • Height (Min): 15
  • Height (Max): 20
  • Leaves vs Needles: Flowering
  • Size: Medium


The Butterflies Magnolia’s small and delicate branches are adorned by the most vibrant yellow petals that will take your breath away bloom after bloom. The Butterflies Magnolia’s buds explode into bloom in early spring. These densely packed petals so beautifully give off the effect that a cluster of yellow butterflies has settled on the branches of the tree, fluttering about as the breeze moves between them. The leaves are large and oval shaped. They come to fruition after the bloom and are about 8 inches long, and dark green. These sharp green leaves make the Butterflies Magnolia an attractive tree even when it is not flowering. The tree is a compact pyramidal shape with branches quickly are covered with deep yellows in the form of upright tulip-like cups. Consider planting the Butterflies Magnolia at the edge of a wooded area. This will allow the tree to blend into the woodland when in leaf and be center stage in the front when in bloom. They grow the best in deep, organic, and well-drained soil with full sun to part shade. Once planted, its best to leave this tree undisturbed and landscape carefully so not to disturb its fleshy root system.