An intriguing southern magnolia that is proving to be rather hardy in our area. 30 feet seems to be the maximum height, but the 12 to 20 inch leaves will give it a somewhat larger appearance. The flowers open up after Memorial Day, after most frosts, and the ... y are worth the wait. They have large petals with purple or yellow spots on the throat, but the color and size of the flowers depend on the parents. Although the leaves lack exciting fall color there is a surprise: the seed pods turn a bright pink and are nearly a foot long!