79. Merrill Loebner Magnolia

This early flowering deciduous magnolia is a hybrid between two Japanese species, Magnolia kobus and Magnolia stellata. The ‘Merrill’ variety was raised in 1939 from seed at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA. It is hardy in cold climates and has been widely grown. These plants date from the early 1980’s and are among the first trees donated to the City of Aiken by Woodlanders Nursery.