6-inch Blooms Begin at a Young Age!
'Sunsation's habit may remind you of a Bradford Pear. Very uniform and pyramidal, it needs no pruning and never gets rangy, like other Magnolias can. Quickly growing to a mature size of 25 to 30 feet tall and 30 feet wide, this is a trouble-free, glorious performer of a plant, tolerant of cold, heat, and humidity alike!
Best of all, you can expect Sunsation to begin blooming the second (or even possibly the first!) year you get it into the ground. Many Magnolias keep you waiting 5 years or more, but 'Sunsation' starts out strong and then gets stronger! And the blooms arise before the foliage in spring, for a lovely effect!
Bred by the late Dr. Augie Kehr from 'Elizabeth' x 'Woodsman,' 'Sunsation' is extraordinary. Even the foliage -- dark green and subtly undulating -- is spectacular! Thriving in full sun to partial shade, this Magnolia is hardy as far north as zone 4. Space young trees about 18 feet apart in any well-drained garden soil and watch them take off! Zones 4-9.
|Zone||4 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring|
|Plant Height||25 ft - 30 ft|
|Plant Width||30 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Easy Care Plants, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer|
|Bloom Color||Rose, Yellow|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.