Magnolia in the Mist

Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©

Dawlish, United Kingdom

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I took this in March on our Bubble Meet at Mullion while visiting Trengwainton Gardens, on a misty morning.
Trengwainton is a garden in the ownership of the National Trust and situated in Madron, near Penzance, Cornwall, UK.
The garden is noted for its collection of exotic trees and shrubs. It offers views over Mount’s Bay and the The Lizard.
Magnolia grandiflora is a medium to large evergreen tree which may grow 27.5 m (90 ft) tall. It typically has a single stem and a pyramidal shape. The leaves are simple and broadly ovate, 12–20 cm (5–8 in) long and 6–12 cm (2–5 in) broad, with smooth margins. They are dark green, stiff and leathery, and often scurfy underneath with yellow-brown pubescence. The large, showy, citronella-scented flowers are white, up to 30 cm (12 in) across and fragrant, with 6–12 petals with a waxy texture, emerging from the tips of twigs on mature trees in late spring. Flowering is followed by the rose-coloured fruit, ovoid and 7.5–10 cm (3–4 in) long and 3–5 cm (1.5–2 in) wide.
Exceptionally large trees recorded include a 35 m (114 ft) high specimen from the Chickasawhay District, DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi which measured 17 feet 8 inches in circumference at breast height, from 1961, and a 30 m (99 ft) tall tree from Baton Rouge, Louisiana which reached 18 feet in circumference at breast height.
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