Magnolia tree

Magnolia grandiflora

Magnolia grandiflora belongs to the magnoliaceae family and is native to North America. It is characterized by its large size, which can reach 25 meters in height, and by its imposing foliage. The leaves of this evergreen plant, in fact, are very large and can boast beautiful shades of a bright and bright green. The upper part of the magnolia tree develops in a pyramidal shape and can extend up to 10 meters; while the lower part, on the other hand, has a fairly straight trunk from whose base some branches arise. The trunk is covered with a particular gray bark that appears soft and silky to the touch. This bark is also used for medicinal purposes due to its beneficial qualities.

The starry magnolia

The star magnolia differs from the magnolia grandiflora for its characteristic soft colored flowers and for the presence of thick and compact branches. It has its roots in Japan, where its great elegance was well suited to the wonderful Zen gardens of the country. This species, in fact, is known all over the world for its scenographic effect: during the flowering, a process that occurs during the spring season, numerous white or pink flowers peek out on the branches and bloom in all their splendor. Up to 12 cm large, they have more than a dozen elongated petals that make the flower resemble a star. Due to their presence, however, this variety of magnolia is more delicate than the first, although it still manages to survive in the lowest temperatures.

Magnolia obovata

A variety that cannot stand the cold is certainly that of the magnolia obovata. In this case, in fact, it is essential to protect the plant from low temperatures in order to guarantee its survival. It too originates from East Asia, and just like its ‘starry’ sister, it has beautiful pink flowers during flowering. In this case, however, what differentiates the two species is precisely the shape of the flower which, if in the first case it resembles a star, here takes the appearance of a tulip whose interior is white. Given its predilection for warm climates, this plant is excellent to grow in areas of the Mediterranean area, where the warm rays of the sun and the dry and almost weather-free climate allow for strong and luxuriant growth.

Magnolia tree: The soulangeana magnolia

Magnolia soulangeana is not a pure species like others listed above, but a hybrid obtained from the fusion of two varieties of Chinese magnolias: magnolia liliiflora and magnolia denudata. From this cross, a slow-growing and large tree was born, characterized by copious oval leaves and numerous flowers that take on shades of pink. The variety of soulangeane magnolias is considered one of the most elegant varieties thanks to its particular flowering that occurs when the branch is still bare and, therefore, not obstructed by the presence of large leaves. Like most magnolias, this species also does not require great attention: little water, a fresh, peaty and drained soil, good exposure to light, and growth is more than guaranteed.

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