Magnolia grandiflora

Andrew Jackson Magnolia

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Pot Size: full gallon

Plant Description

Southern magnolia is a broadleaf, evergreen tree which grows wild in swampy forests and low woods from Virginia to Florida and Mississippi. As a landscape plant, it can grow to an impressive 50’ in height with a pyramidal to rounded crown. It has dark green, leathery, evergreen leaves 10-12” long. Late spring flowers are huge, sometimes close to 1’ in diameter, white, and very sweetly fragrant. In the south, the tree is magnificent and requires lots of space in good moist soil with bright light. 

The Jackson magnolia is a southern magnolia with a very interesting history. On the south lawn of the White House, there is a southern magnolia, and this is pictured on the back side of the $20 bill. This tree was planted by Andrew Jackson in the 1830’s in honor of his beloved late wife, Rachel, who loved the tree which had been growing at their Tennessee home, The Hermitage. Jackson had a sprout from this tree planted at the White House in 1835. Since then, nearly 200 years later, the tree at the White House and the original at The Hermitage have weathered storms, plane crashes, and other vagaries of aging.  In late December of 2017, portions of the tree at the White House were cut down due to its deteriorating condition. 

But cuttings have been taken over the years ensuring that exact genetic clones continue to exist, and these have been grown on and given to many dignitaries throughout the world. The trees we offer are cuttings or clones of the Hermitage and White House trees. Now you can have a genuine piece of history for your own landscape assuming you are in the correct hardiness zones 6-9. Just be sure to give the Jackson magnolia plenty of room (not for small yards!), full sun or light shade, and pretty good soil. In addition to understanding the history of the tree, it is fun to know that your tree is a clone of the one pictured on the $20 bill.  



Good Fall Color

Native Plant

Good Fragrance



Deer resistant

Showy berries

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type







Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half

Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist


Up to 50ft









Flower Color


Bloom Time

 Late spring




6, 7, 8, 9

Container Size

full gallon