Friday, May 23, 2008

Magnolia Grandiflora

It is so wonderful to see all the magnificent blossoms of the blooming Magnolia trees.

Read what Wiki has to say to the Magnolia tree

Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the Southern magnolia or bull bay, is a magnolia native to the southeastern United States, from coastal Virginia south to central Florida, and west to East Texas. It is a medium to large tree 20-30 m tall with a striking appearance, both in leaf and in bloom.

The leaves are evergreen, simple and broadly ovate, 12-20 cm long and 6-12 cm broad, with smooth margins. They are dark green, stiff and leathery, and often scurfy underneath with yellow-brown pubescence. They will bronze, blotch, and burn in severe winters at the northern limits of cultivation, but most still cling until they are replaced by new foliage in the spring. In climates where the ground freezes, winter sun appears to do more damage than the cold itself. In the northern hemisphere the south side of the tree will experience more leaf damage than the north side of the tree. Two extremes are known, with leaves white underneath and with leaves brown underneath. The brown varieties are claimed to be more cold-hardy than the white varieties, but this does not appear to be proven as yet.

The large, showy, citronella-scented flowers are white, up to 30 cm across and fragrant, with 6-12 petals with a waxy texture, emerging from the tips of twigs on mature trees in late spring.


Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Oh Sue, this is a splendid photo! What a perfect flower. No magnolia blooming here, at least not yet! Beautiful shot!

PAT said...


I love the hydrangeas, in the previous post, too. I can hardly wait for ours to bloom. I'll have my camera ready!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Michele, for your nice words to my photo. Have a great weekend!

Susanne49 said...

Hi Pat,

thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment. I'm sure you will bring many wonderful flower photos to your blog! I cannot wait to see them.:-)

André Lemay said...

I just spent quite some times looking at your pictures, amazing from a notice. I would love for you to visit my blog and leave a comment on my photos. I'll be back soon, love your site.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Andre,

for discovering my blog and I'm happy you like it what you see here. I will visit your blog too.:-)

kRiZ cPEc said...

the first word came to my mind when I saw this photo was - WOW.
Excellent shot.

Susanne49 said...

Hi kRiz,

the word WOW can be very meanings full - or not.Thanks for enjoying my flower shot! Nice to see you around again.:-)

Bob Johnson said...

Beautiful image Susanne, can almost smell it.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Bob! :-)

Anonymous said...

wonderful close up. this is an very beautiful and smelling flower

Susanne49 said...

Hi evlahos,

yes, this flower has indeed a very strong scent - and she is beautiful.You should see all the blooming trees!

Thanks for commenting.


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