Elizabeth Magnolia

Elizabeth Magnolia

Hardy to -20 degrees Fahrenheit, yet happy in the deep South!

Plant Patent 4145. All Magnolias are adaptable and vigorous, but 'Elizabeth' is the expert at handling temperature extremes! Surviving -20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures without injury, just months later it basks in 100+ degree heat and humidity over a long, sweltering season. And in early spring, before the new foliage emerges, this lovely tree is dotted with bright, fragrant yellow blossoms from base to tip!

The unusual clear yellow color of the blooms is as remarkable as their heavenly scent. 3 to 4 inches across, they are held straight up on bare branches, reminding me a bit of the old-fashioned tradition of setting candles onto the boughs of a Christmas tree. Very bright and abundant, they begin the Magnolia season in many neighborhoods.

This robust tree begins blooming at a very early age, and is easily pruned to desired shape -- including a multi-trunk form for increased horizontal beauty, or even a compact size for container growth! Left alone, it reaches 15 to 18 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide in 10 years. Mature height is 20 to 30 feet.

Very tolerant of urban pollution and a variety of growing conditions, 'Elizabeth' is ideally sited in partial shade and in somewhat acidic, well-enriched, well-drained soil. It appreciates protection from harsh winds, and does not thrive among competing roots.

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?
Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?
Deer eating dayliliesPlanting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?
Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).