I love this small stature yellow Japanese magnolia called butterflies (Magnolia 'Butterflies'). The buttery yellow flowers have been beckoning me from across the garden.
I usually write about food and recipes on this blog; sometimes I forget about the garden part of Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. I spend my days working as a horticulturist for a not-for-profit arboretum and garden. In May we barely have a chance to sit down, but every once in a while I remember to take a moment and enjoy the view.
Magnolia 'Butterflies' is a great little tree for small yards. It gets 15 to 30 feet tall and wide and is hardy in zones 5-9. It loves the coveted moist yet well drained soil and prefers sun to partial shade. The best part? It has a lovely heady fragrance. Put them in a place you walk by frequently like near the front door or off the back patio.
Butterflies magnolia was all the rage a couple years back and everyone wanted one and no one had them in stock. Now they are easier to find and more reasonably priced. I have seen whips for as low as $30 and larger ball and burlap plants in the several hundred dollar range. Check your local nursery if you are interested.