Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Tree

Yellow Lily Trees
  • From £29.99 (ex VAT)

Possibly the best clear, lemon yellow flower colour of all the new yellow hybrid Magnolias, this one gets its name from Brooklyn Botanic Gardens where it was first introduced. The yellow flowers of Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird’ have a neat goblet shape, although are not the largest. Blooming in late spring just as the leaves emerge, the creamy yellow flowers contrast wonderfully with the dark green leaves. The leaves add autumn colour as they fade to yellowy brown.

As Magnolia 'Yellow Bird’ flowers in April/May it is a slightly later flowering Magnolia than most and so less at risk of frost damage. Also known as a Yellow Lily tree, 'Yellow Bird’ has a final height and spread of 10 x 6 metres in 20 years and makes a magnificent large deciduous tree with an almost conical shape. As with other Magnolia, it is best in a sheltered position in sun or semi-shade.

AKA Magnolia Yellow Bird tree, Yellow Lily bush

  • Common name: Yellow Bird Magnolia tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 10 x 6 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Flowers: Lemon yellow
  • Foliage: Dark green foliage fading to yellow-brown in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to free-draining sites and all soil types, except chalky

Planting Advice for Magnolia brooklynensis Yellow Bird Trees

Our pot grown Magnolia Yellow Bird can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your Magnolia establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Gently remove the pot but do not try to loosen the roots of Magnolia trees before planting. They have a fleshy root system and can be quite fragile. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree.

For tree forms of Magnolia Yellow Bird, we recommend using a stake and tie kit and rabbit guard when planting, but these are not needed for the bush forms. The help and advice section has further information and videos.

Aftercare Advice for Magnolia brooklynensis Yellow Bird Trees

If you’re planting Magnolia in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Magnolias do not cope well with dry soils so this is especially important. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Magnolia brooklynensis Yellow Bird Trees

Magnolia Yellow Bird trees can be pruned into shape, but should not be heavily pruned as they can go into shock. Simply remove any damaged branches or any that are growing in an awkward position. If pruning to limit the overall size, stagger your pruning over a few years to alleviate the stress on your tree. Pruning for Yellow Lily Magnolia should be carried out in mid-summer to early autumn. Avoid pruning in late winter to early spring.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 60-90cm Root type: 5L pot Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Price £29.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 60-90cm 5L pot £29.99 (ex VAT)
Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Price £44.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £44.99 (ex VAT)
Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 125-150cm Root type: 7.5L pot Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 125-150cm 7.5L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Yellow Bird' Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)