We ae smitten with the Genie magnolia although we haven’t yet committed ourselves to one. Our neighbour has a senior, huge, Sauce magnolia and In our garden we have 4 various smaller magnolia and all are doing well. Our neighbour to the other side has a Butterfly one and it too is happy. We are situated near Lake Ontario and our south facing lot can be quite windy, as is all of Cobourg. I think we are a zone 5a, as Japanese maples seem to like it here too. Is it worth a try to adopt this gem of a tree? Would it require some windbreak protection?
Thank you for your assistance.
Magnolia ‘Genie’ is a hybrid with an upright pyramidal structure that ĺproduces tulip-shaped, reddish-purple flowers that emerge before foliage in spring. Genie is hardy to Zone 5 so it should be suitable to your location. However, it should be sheltered from winds that can damage the delicate flowers and branches, so a windbreak would be a good idea. Genie prefers moist, but well-drained soil that is neutral to acidic. It will tolerate partial shade, but flowering may be reduced.