Ashe magnolia is a fascinating small tree or large multi-stemmed shrub that is sure to impress all visitors to the garden. It is closely allied to the big leaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) but tends to bloom at a dramatically younger age. In spring, the tropical looking 15-20" leaves provide a perfect backdrop for the massive 12-15" sweetly fragrant, creamy-white flowers. The overall effect is truly striking and looks like something straight out of Jurassic Park! Fist-sized, rose-pink fruit appear in fall providing additional ornamental appeal. Plants grow best in rich, well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Additionally, they benefit from some frost protection early in life.