Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' has been highly utilized in landscape specs and designs as it seemed to be the only "dwarf" Southern Magnolia out there. The problem is, however, it isn't really as dwarf as designers want them to be. As a landscape tree, it won't reach the 70ft. potential of the standard M. grandiflora, but it still gets quite large at 20ft.+.
So for 2010, we are supposed to look out for Magnolia 'Baby Grand'. A selection from Australia, it's suppose to be the Southern Magnolia "you have always wanted to have, but couldn't because you don't have the room".
So, it looks to be a tidy and compact plant that is supposed to be 8-10ft. tall. I'm sure container gardeners will be flocking for it as well.