I doubt those are magnolia mutants- they wouldn't be that distinct... unless you have exposed them to radiation! Most likely that other plant is some kind of elephant ear tropical plant. My own magnolia seedlings looked nothing like that.
I have a magnolia tree that I've been struggling with for years. The problem is no or very few blooms. I've tried a number of things. Still no use.
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By shirl123 from Houston, TX
A Magnolia tree planted from seed can take 15 to 20 yrs. to bloom. If you plant a tree, it can take 3 or more yrs. to bloom. Here are some tips that might encourage it to bloom faster.
How do I take a cutting from a magnolia tree?
By joyce west from England
How do I prune a magnolia tree?
By joyce west from Yorkshire, England
My brother planted this magnolia this weekend. It opened up and has beautiful blooms. The smell is breathtaking. I saw three bees in the flower just loving it.
Our 50 foot magnolia is blooming, huge beautiful fragrant white flowers. Sweet smells of spring my favorite season.
My magnolia tree is about 3 years old, and has a few flowers on the bottom half. The top has several dead branches. Can I cut back the dead ones? What time of the year would be best?
By Pat B.
I have a Little Gem Magnolia that is about 3 years old. It produces flowers on the lower half, but the top half has dead branches. Can I cut the dead back and what is a good time?
The Groundhog says six more weeks of harsh Winter weather. I don't put any stock in this old folklore. One cloudy day wont determine the next 6 weeks weather.
I recently took my potted magnolia tree out of our garage, now that the cold weather has subsided. It was happily flowering away in the garage, so hopefully it keeps it up outside. :)