|Deciduous shrub or small tree, very hardy and flowers at an early age. Very tolerant of various soil and climates. Grown for it's profuse, showy, purple and white flowers that bloom in early spring. Flowers are also tulip-shaped and fragrant 3-6 inches across. Attractive foliage, and rounded growth habit. Dark green leaves are obovate to 8 in. long. Grow magnolias as specimans, or among other trees and shrubs. Number one problem may be that flowers can be burnt back by late winter, early spring frosts.Shrub or small tree, very hardy and flower at an early age. Very tolerant of various soil and climates.