Magnolia trees are best known for the large, beautiful white flowers they produce, but if you’re looking to add a little more color to your landscape, there are a lot of magnolia varieties that bloom in shades of pink.
Here we look at some of the most popular pink flowering varieties of magnolia tree.
Table of Contents
- Pink Flowering Magnolias
- Magnolia ‘Ann’
- Magnolia ‘Betty’
- Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
- Magnolia ‘Galaxy’
- Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’
- Magnolia ‘Spectrum’
- Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
- Magnolia ‘Susan’
- Magnolia ‘Vulcan’
- Saucer Magnolia ‘Lilliputian’
- Saucer Magnolia ‘Rustica Rubra’
- Yulan Magnolia ‘Forrest’s Pink’
- Mulan Magnolia ‘Nigra’
- Sargent’s Magnolia ‘Blood Moon’
- Sprenger’s Magnolia ‘Copeland Court’
- Sprenger’s Magnolia ‘Diva’
- Star Magnolia ‘Jane Platt’
Pink Flowering Magnolias
This deciduous magnolia produces pretty flowers in the middle of spring, which are deep pink-purple on the outer petals, and soft pastel pink on the inner petals. This creates a beautiful two-tone effect when the tips of the flowers open out.
This is a dwarf variety that typically reaches 10 feet in height. It can be grown as a shrub or small tree and is hardy from zones 4 to 8.
Like ‘Ann’, Magnolia ‘Betty’ is part of the ‘Little Girls Series’ of magnolias, which all have female names. Betty produces remarkably large flowers which open out to around 10 inches across.
A single flower will have around 20 paddle-shaped petals, which create the sense that the flower has been burst open. The outside of the petals is pink-purple, while the inside of the petals is white tinged with pale pink.
This magnolia produces flowers that open up wide to 10 inches across. The petals are blush pink, with showy dark pink stamens. The tree blooms in mid to late spring, so the flowers will usually escape any damage from late frosts.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ is suitable for growing in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8, and it typically grows to around 40 feet tall.
This is a medium-sized magnolia tree with a single stem and an oval crown, growing to around 40 feet in height. It blooms in the middle of spring, with dark pink flowers emerging from deep purple buds.
The flowers are delicately fragranced and usually measure around 8 inches across. The inside of the petals is a soft rose color in contrast to the outside of the petals.
Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’
This magnolia most commonly grows as a large shrub. It has a naturally rounded habit which will give the plant a dome-like appearance as it matures. The flowers of this plant start out as dark purple buds and open out to reveal lilac-pink flowers measuring around 5 inches across.
The inside of the flowers is almost white in color. This magnolia will reach heights of around 30 feet, with a similar-sized spread. It can grow in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9.
This magnolia is a prolific bloomer, sending out masses of dark pink-purple buds in mid-spring. These develop into tulip-shaped flowers which are dark pink at their base and fade up to a pale pink which is almost white at the tips of the petals.
The flowers have a mild fragrance and can measure as much as 12 inches across. This magnolia tree is a hybrid that has received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
This magnolia is a hybrid resulting in the crossing of Mulan Magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora) and Campbell’s Magnolia (Magnolia campbellii). It produces huge flowers which bloom on bare branches before the leaves emerge. The flowers open out gradually until they span 11 inches across.
The inner side of the petals is a pale pink-white color, while the outer side of the petals graduates from dark pink at the base through to soft pink at the tips. Initially, the tree blooms in mid-spring, but it can also have a second season of flowering in fall.
This is another magnolia that is part of the ‘Little Girls Series’, developed at the U.S. National Arboretum in the 1950’s. The flowers stand upright on the ends of branches, in a goblet shape that opens out slightly at the top. The outside of the flowers is a dark pink-purple color, and the insides are pale pink.
They are smaller than many other magnolia flowers at around 5 inches across. This tree is a dwarf species growing to just 12 feet. It can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8.
This magnolia flowers early in spring, with magnificent blooms which span up to 12 inches across. The petals open outwards and then curve over to create a shape like a water fountain.
This is one of the darkest pink flowering varieties of magnolia, with petals that are consistently dark pink-red on both the inside and outside of the flowers. The Magnolia ‘Vulcan’ can be grown as a small tree or large shrub and features huge leaves in a medium shade of green.
Saucer Magnolia ‘Lilliputian’
This is one of the smallest varieties of Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) which makes it suitable for growing in a container. It produces romantic-looking flowers in a pale shade of pink with dark pink streaks running vertically up the lengths of the petals. The flowers are goblet-shaped, opening out slightly at the tips, and have a pleasant citrus fragrance.
These are set against gray-green foliage which emerges after the flowers have bloomed. It typically reaches heights of 8 to 12 feet and can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9.
Saucer Magnolia ‘Rustica Rubra’
This deciduous magnolia can be grown as a shrub or a tree, to heights of up to 25 feet. It produces massive 12-inch bi-colored flowers, which are dark pink on the outside, and pristine white on the inside.
Blooms are long-lasting, appearing in early spring and lasting for several weeks. After flowering, these will develop into showy fruits in a bright red color, maintaining color in the garden.
Yulan Magnolia ‘Forrest’s Pink’
This is a pink variety of the Yulan Magnolia (Magnolia denudata), producing an abundance of flowers at the beginning of spring for early color in the landscape.
The flowers are shaped like cups at first, but will gradually open out until they resemble lilies. The outside of the petals is dark pink at the base, which slowly fades to white at the tips. The inside of the petals is white or pale pink. The ‘Forrest’s Pink’ Magnolia grows to around 40 feet in height and can be grown in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 9.
Mulan Magnolia ‘Nigra’
This is an award-winning dwarf variety of magnolia which is also known as Black Lily Magnolia because its flowers resemble lilies and are such a dark shade of pink-red that they can look black in low light. The flowers bloom late in spring, standing upright on the tips of branches.
The outer side of the petals is dark pink-red, while the insides are a pale pink color, streaked with slices of dark pink. After its initial round of blooming, this magnolia tree can continue to bloom sporadically throughout summer.
Sargent’s Magnolia ‘Blood Moon’
This magnolia sends out an abundance of huge pink flowers measuring around 12 inches across. There are two layers of petals; one layer opens out into a wide daisy shape, while the inner layer remains loosely closed to resemble the look of a rose.
The petals on this magnolia tree are a rich shade of pink, making a dramatic impact in the spring garden. It is not a hardy magnolia, being best suited for growth in USDA zones 7 to 9. It can be grown as a shrub or tree, to heights of between 20 and 40 feet.
Sprenger’s Magnolia ‘Copeland Court’
This magnolia tree is a prolific bloomer, producing deep pink flowers which emerge in the middle of spring before the arrival of the foliage. This is an award-winning variety of pink magnolia, whose flowers span to around 8 inches across. The leaves of this tree are dark green on the surface and silver-green underneath. It grows well in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8.
Sprenger’s Magnolia ‘Diva’
This magnolia blooms at an early age, long before it reaches maturity. The flowers it produces in early to mid-spring are a sugar pink color on the outside of the petals, and almost white on the inside.
The stamens within the middle of the flowers are a deep shade of rose pink, adding an extra dimension to these pretty pink blooms. This tree typically grows to around 50 feet in height with a spread of 30 feet.
Star Magnolia ‘Jane Platt’
This is a pink flowering variety of Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata). Its blooms are relatively small compared to most magnolias, at around 4 inches across. However, they are packed with around 32 slender petals which open outwards to create a starburst shape, making them stunning to look at.
The flowers are a sweet sugary pink color, and they bloom on bare branches before the arrival of the foliage. At a height of between 10 and 15 feet, this is a small species of magnolia that can be grown as either a large shrub or a small tree.