In the neighborhood…Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia or bull bay, is a tree of the family Magnoliaceae native to the southeastern United States, from Virginia south to central Florida, and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Reaching 27.5 m (90 ft) in height, it is a large striking evergreen tree with large dark green leaves and large white fragrant flowers. Widely cultivated around the world, over a hundred cultivars have been bred and marketed commercially. The timber is hard and heavy, and has been used commercially to make furniture, pallets, and veneer. — Wikipedia.org
Magnolia grandiflora are a very popular street tree here in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles and they make quite a statement when they begin to bloom. Their huge white flowers are very striking, especially in contrast to their large, dark green, waxy leaves.
I noticed these trees beginning to bloom last Friday and made a point to take a walk around the neighborhood to grab some photos. I don’t think these are at the height of their bloom yet. There always seems to be a peak where most of the tree is covered with the white blossoms. The number of unopened flower buds I saw seems to show that many more flowers are on their way.
Do you have magnolia trees in your yard or garden? Share your pictures and thoughts in the comments!
Photos of Magnolia grandiflora flowers, leaves , and growing habit.
More information on Magnolia grandiflora:
- Magnolia grandiflora on Wikipedia
- Magnolia grandiflora at University of Connecticut
- Magnolia grandiflora at the Missouri Botanical Garden