Botanical Journal: Magnolia


Botanical Name: Magnoliaceae
Blooms locally: Late-March - Mid-April

Magnolia blooms are the queen of spring. A symbol of femininity and tenderness, they are thought to be one of the first ever flowering plants on earth. There are over 250 varieties of magnolia, and their flowers range from pink to purple, red and yellow. The commonly known Magnolia grandiflora is an evergreen variety, often growing to 40-100 ft. tall and 30-50 ft. wide and is prevalent locally and in the Southern and coastal United States. These stately trees are an excellent focal point for landscaping large spaces, and provide ample shade during the hot summer months. Their shallow, wide-reaching roots and dense shade prevent other flowers from prospering in close proximity, however, a bench beneath a magnolia grandiflora creates a lovely alcove for a leisurely afternoon.

Magnolia Liliiflora or Tulip Magnolia (pictured below) is the most commonly grown deciduous variety. The blooms on these trees are total show-stoppers and they are fantastic for landscaping small to medium areas because they have a smaller footprint than their magnolia grandoflora. Tulip magnolias are a stand-out bloomer, making a striking spring statement. Each year, we cross our fingers hoping they don't bloom before the last frost.

Ideal for large, hanging installations or dramatic centerpieces, the fuzzy buds and stunning blooms are one of our favorite parts of spring. We particularly love the unique gray tint of the branches. Standing underneath a tulip magnolia tree in full bloom on a spring day is nothing short of magic.

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Photos by: Becca Olcott