Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Magnolia Ruby today

Jeffersonia today; I protect these from the deer.


Anonymous said...

the magnolia ruby is fantastic! What is a USDA Zone 6? Does that limit you to certain plants under regulation? Or just suggest certain plants for climate?


Anonymous said...

Glad you like it! Magnolia Ruby is a pretty tree, but it has not done well in my yard. Right now the tree is about 12 feet tall, and only had 5 blossoms this spring, out of probably 50 buds. The buds are having freeze damage. So, I'm not sure if it really should be a Zone 6 plant. Other red Magnolias are zone 7 at best.

USDA zone 6 is a climate zone, just a recommendation. It means that winter temps here rarely go below about -5 degrees F. The higher the zone number, the warmer the region.