The Evergreen Magnolia Tree has been around for several million years according to scientists.
Fossils of Magnolia like trees have been found that date more than twenty million years, indicating the very ancient lineage of this, one of the most beautiful of trees.
One scientific theory says that magnolias were the ancestors of nearly all flowering plants, and according to this theory, they were the first plants to bear seed in a protective ovary, also called a fruit.’
The Magnolia Blossom
of Magnolia flowers are tough, to avoid damage by eating and crawling beetles. Magnolias are cultivated for their pink blossoms which are highly scented and bloom in early springtime.
The Southern U.S. is famous for its Magnolias.
Magnolia is the state flower of both Mississippi and Louisiana. The flower’s prolific state of growth in Mississippi is reflected in its state nickname, “Magnolia State”. The magnolia is also the official state tree of Mississippi.
One of the oldest nicknames for Houston, Texas Is “The Magnolia City” due to the abundance of Magnolias growing along Buffalo Bayou. The Magnolia tree can grow up to 80 feet tall, but the norm is about 50-60 feet, with deep green leaves that are 5 to 7 inches long.
The leaves are oval in nature, evergreen, leathery and have thick rust colored hairs on the underside of them.
The flowers are large and either white or pink, deeply scented, with a fragrance that is unmistakable.
They grow well in rich soils, rich and well drained bottom lands produce the best magnolias.