August 17, 2017

Late Bloomer

Magnolia x 'Jane'

Janine Pineo Photo | Magnolia x 'Jane'

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

Magnolias are often thought of as a Southern flower, but these show-stopping shrubs can live in much of Maine, including Magnolia x ‘Jane.’ Developed by the U.S. National Arboretum in the 1950s, ‘Jane’ was part of the Little Girl series of late-blooming magnolias bred to blossom two to four weeks later than most magnolias, thereby reducing the damage that frosts can do to the flowers. ‘Jane’ has up to 8-inch wide tulip-shaped blooms that are reddish purple on the outside and a pure white on the inside. The shrub itself grows very slowly, attaining a height of only 10 to 15 feet at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. Seen in the University of Maine Horticulture Club display at the 2012 Bangor’s Garden Show, ‘Jane’ looked attractive paired with flowering almond at its feet.