Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Magnolia/Manglietia fordiana....I've been waiting all winter, and most of the spring, for these buds to open

I'm not disappointed, but I'm good with interesting; this is an interesting, obscure, and handsome, if not beautiful, evergreen Magnolia. I like the glossy leaves and the grace with which the tree carries them. It's certainly an interesting addition to the palette of evergreen small trees for deciduous shade in USDA Zones 7 and up. Say that three times fast! The petals, oops tepals, are oddly thick; I would guess on the order of two mm! The fragrance is....well reminiscent of very ripe fruit, though not unpleasant. An interesting plant. This one is located on the south side of the path to the Pagoda.

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