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Our native magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora) have large, pure white flowers, and when they reach full open, to me, they look like angels. Pictured here is a tree in Bayou George, FL.

My squirrels pluck off the fat buds so I had to visit my neighbor to get a shot of an angel.

The fragrance is quite heavenly, too. To me they smell of white cake and vanilla frosting. A very sugary aroma.

From Floridata.com:

A Floridata Plant Profile #66 Magnolia grandiflora
Common Names: southern magnolia, bull bay
Family: Magnoliaceae (magnolia Family)

Drought Tolerant For Wet, Boggy Areas Has evergreen foliage Has Unusual or Interesting Foliage Useful for fresh and/or dried arrangements Fragrant

Southern magnolia is a large, broad-leafed evergreen tree that can grow 60-90 ft (18-27 m) in height with a trunk up to 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) in diameter. It’s trunk is typically straight and erect with spreading branches that form a dense, broadly pyramidal crown. The evergreen leaves are large 5-8 in (13-20 cm) long, leathery and dark glossy green above with rusty, velveteen undersides. Southern magnolia has large, showy white flowers that are 8-12 in (20-30 cm) in diameter. These have a pleasant fragrance and appear throughout the spring and summer. The fruits are reddish-brown conelike structures, 2-4 in (5-10 cm) long, with bright red kidney shaped seeds that hang from little threads when fully mature in autumn.

Bayou George, FL

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Comments

  • John Beamish
    John Beamishover 5 years ago

    Wow, that is a beautiful bloom. Nicely done.

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 5 years ago

    such a wonderful tree with magnificent flowers! i can smell them from here………………..
    as a kid a neighbor up our street had this huge magnolia tree…to this day it is one of my all-time favorite scents!

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

    this is very beautiful May, I can see the angel you mentioned in your description

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 5 years ago

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you so much, Vickie!

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    A beauty – would you like to add to Blooming Trees group

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