Magnolia 'Butterflies'
Common name: 
Butterflies Magnolia
Pronunciation: 
mag-NO-li-a
Family: 
Magnoliaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Magnolia acuminata 'Butterflies'
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Deciduous tree to 20 ft (6 m), or a multibranched shrub, upright.  Flowers yellow, 7-12 cm across, with 10-16 tepals ("petals").
  • Sun to part shade
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4    Originated by Philip Savage, Blooming Hills, Michigan, from a cross of M. acuminata 'Fertile Myrtle' × M. denudata 'Sawada's Cream'.  It was introduced in about 1988 and patented in 1991 (PP7456).  Flowers are dark yellow and appear before the leaves (Jacobson, 1996).  Some have called the flower color a "delicate yellow" and heat reportedly will lighten the color.
  • Oregon State Univ.: Strand Ag. Hall, at several entrances (SE, NE, SW) and the NW side of the building.
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