Little ‘Betty’ here is a force to be reckoned with. Though petite in stature her blooms alone cannot be ignored. The large, reddish-purple blooms with white insides arrive 2-4 weeks later than your average magnolia, preventing her chances of frost damage. She blooms in May and will continue to bloom periodically into the fall months blessing you with her delightful scent. Though she can grow 3.5-4.5 m (11-15 ft) tall and 2.5-3.5 m (8-11 ft) wide she is considered compact in comparison to other magnolia varieties. Her lush, dark green foliage in the summer months turns a copper bronze in the fall.
Betty’s success rate will increase if she is planted in a zone 5, full sun/part shade location. Though she is sweet she prefers acidic soil that is well drained, yet moist. She is a versatile species that can be used as an accent, in mass plantings, as a hedge or even as a cut flower. She is an ideal candidate for a smaller space or in a patio pot. She takes a couple of years to establish herself but is totally worth waiting for. This gal is a true disease resistant charmer.