Saturday, April 16, 2011

Magnolia x soulangiana (saucer magnolia)

Sure enough the saucer magnolias (Magnolia x soulangiana) have begun to burst. Spring is such a fabulous time for so many flowering trees. No doubt this one is always a crowd pleaser.
Magnolia x soulangiana is commonly called a saucer magnolia
- a 20'-30' tree in the Magnoliaceae family
- hardy in USDA Zones 4-8
- a medium grower, a foot a year in well-watered full sun
- large fleshy 2-4" flowers bloom pink with a rich fragrance
- original hybrid was raised in Soulange-Bodin at Fromont, France, grown with the seed of Magnolia denudata and the pollen of Magnolia liliiflora, first flowering in 1826 (Dirr, 1998)

(all shots taken in Central Park, early morning, 4/15/2011)

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