Magnolia grandiflora 'KAY PARRIS'

Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora 'KAY PARRIS'
southern magnolia, bull bay
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 1-2m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME June - August
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Magnolias
Exotics
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Evergreen - bull bay magnolias are the queens of flowering trees. We choose the most beautiful and at the same time the hardiest varieties. Ever since Little Gem bull bay magnolia appeared in European market, it has been a sought after variety ever since. Though, not everyone could grow this jewel since its hardiness finished in zone 7 (down to -17°C only). Therefore it is obvious that when a new variety called Kay Parris was introduced many more magnolia lovers got the chance of having a compact variety with increased hardiness.

Kay Parris is a compact growing form of bull bay magnolia that originated in South Carolina, USA, in 1991. It was bred by Kevin Parris. It produces beautiful, white, heavily scented, large flowers – 20-25 cm across. They open from the first hot days of June and keep showing up until early September if the plant is old enough to produce flower buds. Each flower last for 1-3 days only, but they open continuously to keep the shrub decorated for almost 3 months. The leaves are evergreen, leathery, broadly elliptic, rich green and glossy, and covered with rusty indumentum on the undersides.

It grows into a medium-large shrub or a small tree of compact, oval shape. Young plants benefit from pruning in the first 2-3 years in order to achieve a dense framework of bottom branches. Bull bay magnolias need fertile, preferably acid soil and plenty of sun to flower reliably. Keep them mulched at all times and follow a regular watering schedule especially when the plants are young. Older plants have deep roots and absorb a lot of air humidity as well, but still, never let their soil dry out completely. Kay Parris magnolia is hardy to about -24°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update 23-03-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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