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MAGNOLIAS

Magnolias are a southern landscape staple and here at Creekside Nursery, we currently have several different varieties and sizes on hand. Magnolia trees are diverse in leaf shape and plant form, and they come in both evergreen and deciduous varieties. Pick your planting site carefully. Almost all types are hard to move once established, and many grow quite large. Dense shade, shallow roots and year-round dropping of leaves make it virtually impossible to grow grass beneath the leaf spread, but they make a perfect backdrop for shrubs and hedges. Magnolias seldom have serious pest or disease problems and they are not a favorite of deer. The highly fragrant blooms are attractive to bees and the beautiful red to orange waxy seeds are a favorite staple to birds, squirrels and other wildlife.

Water Oak

Water Oak (Quercus nigra) is medium to large, a semi-evergreen tree. The leaves are dark green and bell-shaped, with alternate arrangement. The Water Oak has a medium fast growth rate, with height increases of more than 24" per year. At maturity, the Water Oak can grow to a height of 50-80’. Unlike the typical Live Oak, the Water Oak grows in a conical form and has a rounded crown at the top. The acorns of the Water Oak also differ from the Live Oak, they are a bit smaller and their caps are woolly, rather than scaly. The Water Oak grows in USDA zones 6-9.

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtles are a favorite for fun summer color. White, pink, magenta and purple - there is a color to fit any landscape. With their multi trunks and in older plants its peeling bark, they will make a great feature plant in your landscape. Plant in full sun for the best blooming. They can take very light shade but, will not have as many showy blooms. Water slowly and deeply at least once a week during the heat of the summer until they mature. Trim back in the late winter and early spring while dormant to shape, but it is not recommended to cut back too deeply Beware of planting near a pool area as they tend to decorate your pool with their blooms and leaves.

Black Oak

The Black Oak is very similar to the Red Oak, one of the main difference is that the Black Oak will thrive in poor soil conditions. This deciduous tree has deeply furrowed bark and on mature trees the bark is almost black. Black Oaks grow well on slopes and ridge line. The leaves of this oak have a soft velvet underside, and will produce a large crop acorns to help feed the wildlife in your area. This Oak can grow to 60-70 feet with an 40-50 foot spread. Will grow well in zones 3-8

Magnolia 'Smiling Monkey' Tree

Magnolia maudiae also known as the Smiling Monkey Tree grows well in mild climates Zones 7-10. This magnolia originally from China, is well suited to grow in pots unlike most magnolias. Flowers in the winter with large 6" cream /ivory blooms along the branches rather than on the tip. Smiling Monkey Tree will grow in all light conditions from shade to full sun. Plant in well drained rich soil for best growth. Planted in the ground, this Magnolia can reach 20 feet with a 10 foot spread.