How Tall Are Magnolia Trees?

Magnolia can reach up to 60-80 feet and 40-50 feet spread. There are over 200 different varieties in gardens throughout the United States, Southeast Asia, and South America.

Tall Magnolias

This southern Magnolia tree is hardy and evergreen in plant hardiness zones 6 through 10. It is one of the genus’s tallest trees, reaching 60 to 80 feet high and 40 feet wide at its widest point. M. officinalis var. biloba, which grows in USDA zones 5 through 8, can reach heights of 60 to 70 feet and widths of 35 to 50 feet in the same places. One of the cucumber trees in the Magnolia acuminata family is about 60 feet tall and spreads 35 feet wide, so it is called a “cucumber tree.” It’s a good shade tree in USDA zones 5 through 8. It has clusters of red seed pods to make up for the lack of flowers.

Magnolia x loebneri is a Hybrid Tree Crossed Between Magnolia kobus and Magnolia stellata

Medium-sized Magnolias

Miss Honeybee is a small-to-medium-sized cucumber tree variety. It has yellow flowers and grows 25 to 40 feet tall, and it is called M. acuminata var. subcordata “Miss Honeybee.” Some other hybrid cultivars with yellow flowers, such as “Goldfinch” and “Golden Gift,” reach heights of between 35 and 40 feet, and they have yellow flowers. “Gold Star” and “Elizabeth” are two shorter yellow-flowered magnolias that reach 20 to 40 feet. M. macrophylla, which is also called bigleaf Magnolia, grows up to 30 to 40 feet tall and can spread up to 50 feet wide. This is the Yulan magnolia (M. denudata). It grows up to 30 to 40 feet tall and spreads out to about 25 to 30 feet wide. “Little Gem” (M. grandiflora “Little Gem”) is the same height and spread as its big Southern cousin. It grows to 30 to 35 feet tall and 8 to 12 feet wide. In zones 7A through 10A, “Little Gem” is hardy.

Small Magnolias

M. ‘Ivory Chalice’ and M. x loebneri ‘Ballerina’ are two Magnolia varieties that can grow up to 30 to 50 feet tall. Both of them can be grown in zones 4 through 8. This is one of the many varieties of saucer magnolias (M.x soulangiana) that grow between 15 and 20 feet tall. Saucer varieties like “Rustica Rubra” and “Verbanica” can grow even taller. There are saucer magnolias that can grow in zones 5 through 9. They can grow there.

Close up of a blooming Magnolia tree in Paris. The magnolia flower is a symbol of respect and fidelity.

Shrubby Magnolias

The lily-flowered Magnolia (M. liliiflora) is a multi-stemmed shrub that can reach a height of 8 to 12 feet and a spread of 10 to 12 feet. “Susan” (M. x “Susan”) and “Nigra” (M. liliiflora “Nigra”) grow in USDA zones 4 through 8 and 6 through 9, respectively. Bushy growth and stem clusters characterize the star magnolia. In its mature state, the “Water Lily” (M. stellata “Water Lily”) can grow as tall as 15 meters (50 feet) and as wide as 20 meters (66 feet).

Magnolia Trees of Various Sizes

Magnolia VarietiesMaturity HeightMaturity SpreadGrowth Rate
Anise Magnolia30-50 feet30-50 feetmoderate, growing 1-2 feet per year
Ann Magnolia8-10 feet8-10 feetmoderate, 1-2  feet  per year
Alexandrina Magnolia20-30 feet30 feetmoderate, growing 1-2 per year
Ashe’s Magnolia15-25 feet25 feetmoderate to fast
Ballerina  Magnolia15-20 feet15 feetmoderate
Bigleaf Magnolia40 feet40 feetmoderate
Black Lily Magnolia8-12 feet8-12 feetslow
Black Tulip Magnolia15-20 feet6-10 feetfast
Genie Magnolia10-13 feet5-6 feetmoderate
Kobus Magnolia50 feet35 feetslow, growing 1 foot per year
Jane Magnolia10-15 feet8-12 feetslow, 1 foot or less per year
Lily Magnolia12  feet8-12 feetslow, growing 1 foot per year
Little Gem Magnolia15-20 feet7-10 feetslow to moderate
Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’20-40 feet12-20 feetmoderate
Magnolia  ‘Encore’8-15 feet6-15 feetslow
Magnolia ‘Ivory Chalice’30 to 50 feet25-35 feetfast
Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’35-40 feet30-35 feetmoderate
Magnolia ‘Golden Gift’35-40 feet15-20 feetmoderate
Magnolia ‘Gold Star’20-40 feet20-30 feetmoderate,2 feet per  year
Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’15-20 feet10-15 feetslow
Magnolia ‘Miss Honeybee’25-40 feet15-20 feetvery slow to moderate
Oyama Magnolia10-15 feet10-15 feetmoderate
Pinkie Magnolia10-15 feet8-12 feetmoderate
Saucer Magnolia20-30 feet25 feetmoderate, growing 1-2 feet per year
Southern Magnolia80 feet40 feetslow to moderate, height increases less than 1-2 feet per year
Star Magnolia ‘Centennial’20 feet10-15 feetmoderate to fast, 1-2 feet per year
Star Magnolia ‘Jane Platt’10-15 feet8-12 feetslow, 1 foot per year
Star Magnolia ‘Royal Star’10-20 feet8-15 feetmoderate, growing 1-2 feet per year
Sweetbay Magnolia10-35 feet10-20 feetmoderate to fast, 1-2 ft per year
Sunsation Magnolia20-25 feet6-8 feetmoderate
Susan Magnolia8-12 feet8-12 feetslow to moderate
Umbrella Magnolia15-30 feet15-35 feetslow to moderate
Vulcan Magnolia10-15 feet8-10 feetmoderate
Water Lily Magnolia10-20 feet15-20 feetslow, growing 1 foot per year
Yulan Magnolia30-40 feet30-40 feetslow to fast