Today's photograph is from the personal garden of one of UBC Botanical Garden's horticulturist's, David Grieser. The image was taken by his cousin, Julianne, who is kindly sharing it with us. Thanks to both of you!
I'm looking forward to the time when the garden has its Carolinian Forest fully-funded and established – this species of magnolia will finally find a place at UBC.
As alluded to in its inclusion in the Carolinian Forest, southern magnolia is an evergreen tree native to the southeastern United States. Read more about it on the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America: Magnolia grandiflora. Images of its fruit are available from Wikipedia.
Horticulture / botany resource link: Dedicated to the native plants of North America, the Native Plant Network web site provides access to its journal and a propagation protocol database. An exceptional resource if you work with the propagation of native plants, ecological restoration, plant conservation, invasive species or a host of other topics related to North American native plants.