Magnolias are an ancient race that existed before the bees. The first flowering tree on earth. The flowers developed because of that are pollinated by beetles. It is found fossil remains of Magnolia acuminata, which is more than 20 million years old. Formerly they were called Tulip Tree.
The genus is named after Pierre Magnol, a botanist from Montpellier in France. We have to thank the French botanists. They have given us a lot of beauty in our gardens.
One of spring’s first flowers that bloom on almost bare twigs. The magnolia is also available in many beautiful colors and varieties. Fits just fine even in the small garden. This tree is one of my absolute favorites.
Did you know that magnolia is actually related to the Waterlily