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Magnolia grandiflora

Magnolia grandiflora

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.


Magnolia grandiflora - Z6 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Magnolia grandiflora - Z7-9 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk
Magnolia grandiflora - hardy in the open if given shelter and full sun - Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs, 2003

wow - beautiful! How large is the flower?

I don't know how large this particular one is (and David's on vacation), but as implied by the epithet grandiflora, the flowers are large: up to 36cm (15in) wide.

I have a similar tree--they generally have large flowers with large petals, so they can be 8 to 10 inches across when fully open, maybe even bigger. And a lovely, slightly citrusy scent.

The flowers really stand out in the moonlight--big white spots against the dark leaves of the tree.

One of the most popular ornamental trees, cultivated even in China some years ago. Planted wherever it stands a chance of succeeding, I have seen it in as tropical a climate as that of Honolulu and as cold as the microclimate in a nook (raised planter) in the old Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Occasional blooms of largest-flowering cultivars 16 in. across.

When was magnolia grandiflora introduced to U.K.?



The magnolia was our most loved tree in our last garden and I have since planted 8 "Baby Gems" at our new house in memory of my husband. This photo is magnificent and a true representation of the wonderful flowers.Would I be able to use it as the basis for a silk-painting?
Thank you, Michele

It is a beautiful flower. I have seen in hilly area of Nepal. Photo reminded me the placea and the beauty of the flower when it was blumming.

The Folger library in Washington Dc has a little Shakespeare Garden (complete with sculptures. and four beautiful magnolia regina trees.

If you visit DC stop to sit in the garden for a bit, its very peaceful and soothing. (Its located behind the Library of Congress).

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