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Golden Sun Magnolia

Magnolia 'Golden Sun'

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Golden Sun Magnolia (Magnolia 'Golden Sun') at Roger's Gardens

Golden Sun Magnolia flowers

Golden Sun Magnolia flowers

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Golden Sun Magnolia (Magnolia 'Golden Sun') at Roger's Gardens

Golden Sun Magnolia in bloom

Golden Sun Magnolia in bloom

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  18 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b


An exquisitely beautiful magnolia whose flowers are a luminous lemon yellow; a small tree or large shrub with a pyramidal form and large, relatively coarse leaves; flowers later in spring; an ideal landscape or garden accent

Ornamental Features

Golden Sun Magnolia is covered in stunning fragrant lemon yellow cup-shaped flowers held atop the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Sun Magnolia is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Sun Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Golden Sun Magnolia will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Shade  Screening 
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features