North Carolina State University professor receives patent for new type of magnolia tree

According to a U.S. Patent and Trademark filing, North Carolina State University professor Thomas G. Ranney has received a patent for a new type of magnolia tree called Mercury.

Mercury is a new hybrid magnolia tree with large flowers, an oval upright shape and late bloom time. Emerging and young leaves of Mercury start as yellow-green in the Spring and mature to dark green in the Summer. Several years of field tests and observations demonstrate that Mercury has an upright and excurrent stature, prolific flowering, hardiness to wintry weather and easy maintenance.

Mercury adapts well to USDA Hardiness Zone 5 and requires well-drained soil, full sun, and moderate moisture. No serious pest or disease problems are known to affect this cultivar.

Category Characteristic
Type Magnolia – Magnolia (‘NCMX1’)
USDA Hardiness Zone 5
Habit Upright
Foliage Yellow green to dark green leaves
Flowers Bright lavender pink
Height 20′ to 25′
Light Full sun
Bloom Time Late Spring to early Summer
Uses Garden specimen, landscape planting