A Golden Magnolia Bud (Magnolia x wieseneri)

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Magnolia × wieseneri is a hybrid plant in the Magnolia genus and family, Magnoliaceae. A small tree or large shrub with white highly fragrant blooms, it is the progeny of Magnolia sieboldii and Magnolia obovata.

The origins of Magnolia × wieseneri are obscure, but it is thought to have been a result of deliberate cross-breeding between the parent species some time in the 19th century or earlier in Japan, where it is known as Gyo Kusui or Ukesaki Oyama-renage. It entered European horticulture at the 1889 Paris Exposition, where it was on display at the Japanese Court stand.

Magnolia × wieseneri is a multistemmed large shrub or small tree which may reach 6 m (20 ft) in height; it has leathery obovate green leaves that reach 20 cm (8 in) long by 10.5 cm (4 in) wide. Its most notable feature is the remarkable fragrance of the ivory-coloured flowers, which has been likened to pineapples and seen adjectives such as “ethereal”, “spicy” and “aromatic” used.1 The flowers are cup-shaped at first, with a diameter of 10-12.5 cm (4–5 in), before flattening out to a diameter of 15–20 cm (6–8 in) after a few days.

The smell that eminates from the buds only is so powerful and almost intoxicating. before they open they almost look like pods and it is hard to determine what they are.

to see one blooming and open go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_%C3%97_wi...

if you look in the background in the trees of my image you also can see some of the magnolias blooming – they are wide open on the branch.

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