{Almost} Wordless Wednesday :: Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Posted on: December 5th, 2012 by Trillium Art

It may be a bit odd this time of year to be featuring a tree that is found in the south-eastern United States, but I’m sure you have seen bunches of these beautiful dark green, glossy leaves available at garden centres or florists.   Trillium Art is in full winter decor mode and the tips of the southern magnolia (a type of the evergreen magnolia) are a ‘must have’ in our winter arrangements.

This slow-growing southern tree is symbolic of the American South. Magnolia grandiflora is the state tree of Mississippi and the state flower of both Mississippi and Louisiana.  The fragrant white flowers bloom in spring and the light green cones appear in early fall, containing attractive red seeds.  Birds and other wildlife find the evergreen magnolia an important source of food and shelter during the winter months.  This magnolia is often used as a focal tree or specimen in southern landscapes, and due to the maximum size, requires lots of room to grow.

Magnolia Tips with Hoar Frost

Zone:  7

Light Conditions:  Full Sun to Part Shade

Height:  60′-80′

Foliage:  Large, dark, glossy green and are used at holiday-time for wreaths, garlands and other decorating

Flower Power:  Creamy white flowers in late April and May that are highly fragrant

Tips:  Many newer varieties are valued for being more cold-tolerant, the dark, heavy wood of the southern Magnolia is widely prized for furniture making.


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