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Magnolia laevifolia ‘Free Spirit’
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Formerly Michelia yunnanensis

Magnolia laevifolia Free Spirit

Magnolia

Magnolia laevifolia ‘Free Spirit’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Unparalleled among its relations, this recently available exciting evergreen cultivar was discovered as a naturally occurring hybrid in Lytterton, New Zealand. The unique low growing branches craft a horizontally spreading frame attired with handsome polished leathery leaves and a downy-soft, deep copper-hued pubescence that promotes cozy warm accents. Held in an upward-facing fashion, the posh, ambrosial spring-time flowers arrive in long lasting pure white droves and sometimes offer a fall encore. ‘Free Spirit’ effortlessly charms a container, stone wall, slope or patio, savoring well-drained soil, bright dappled shade and shelter from extreme cold. (pp#24,534)

Blooms April–June

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 6' 0"–8' 0" wide. Zone 7/8.

Magnolia laevifolia ‘Free Spirit’ (S-0812)
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Sterling Spring blooming shrubs, plus head-turning Perennials.

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Sterling spring blooming shrubs, all dressed in classy green leaves and crisp white flowers. Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ is the largest of our featured shrubs, fashioning graceful somewhat horizontal branches adorned with snowy lace caps. Cultivated since 1868, well-loved Spiraea x vanhouttei makes a shapely low maintenance addition to sunny mixed borders, while smaller-statured Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko' offers a galaxy of dainty white blooms perfect for the rockery, nestled along steps or in a container.

Head turning Perennials

Nearly 65” of rain coupled with chilly spring days spawned a remarkable surge of lush foliar growth, plus spectacular long-lasting flowers in our nursery & garden this year. Spring is always such an exciting time as we watch the multitude of leaves, buds and blooms that seemingly unfurl over night plus the numerous new shoots stretching skyward. Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’s delicate golden foliage glows in dappled shady niches, while the dark leaves of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge's exquisite domes, and the richly colored Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ promise to turn more than a few heads in your garden. Perhaps you could let Campanula ‘Blue Waterfall’ cascade down your garden steps, or brighten up a sunny bed with Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’. We hope you’ll make room for a few of these shrubs & perennials. Our extensive display borders which surround the nursery are now open through Colombus Day weekend. Our first guided Saturday Stroll is June 24th., followed by July 15th & 29th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer.

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