Saturday, April 9, 2011

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial' (Centennial star magnolia) coming into bloom in the south section of the Conservatory Garden, Central Park.

With a sweeter fragrance and larger petal count, the star magnolia is the seasonal precursor to the large-budded pink saucer magnolias (Magnolia soulangiana) which won't be out for another couple weeks. The cherries (Prunus spp.) around the reservoir are blooming, as well as the ones down at BBG according to my regulars. Typically the cherries are out before the flowering crabapples (Malus floribunda) which still need another couple weeks before they are fully out. It should be a fabulous end of April if this weather keeps up.

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