Magnolia virginiana (sweet bay) is native to the southeastern US and north along the Atlantic coast to New York. In the northern part of its cultivated growing range, it typically grows 15–20’ tall tree with a spreading, rounded crown. It has no serious insect or disease problems, tolerates clay soil, wet soil, air pollution, and prefers sun to partial shade. Hardy to zone 5.
Magnolia x lillifolia ‘Jane’ is a cross between M. liliflora ‘Nigra’ and M. stellata ‘Rosea’, part of the Little Girl Series: ‘Ann’, ‘Betty’, ‘Jane’, ‘Judy’, ‘Pinkie’, ‘Randy’, ‘Ricki’ and ‘Susan’, of hybrid magnolias developed at the National Arboretum in the 1950s. Plants are best grown in moist, organically rich, acidic, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade and protected from high winds. A late-blooming magnolia less apt to suffer frost damage in spring, these beauties are hardy to zone 4. They grow 10’–15’ tall and 8’–12’ wide.
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’ is a deciduous hybrid resulting from a cross between M. acuminata (seed parent) and M. denudata (pollen parent). Noted for non-fading yellow flowers, compact pyramidal form and hardiness to heat and cold, it is typically grown as an upright 18-20’ tall tree, but can also grow as a multi-stemmed shrub. 4-5” blooms open in late winter to early spring.