A Tree To Behold (Magnolia × soulangeana)

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This tree is in my neighborhood as is one I recently photographed for submission to ThriftyFun. This one, however, would have gone unnoticed had a neighbor not pointed it out to me. I must be getting (more) senile.


I decided to try the 50x zoom feature on my camera as I haven't had much luck with it. I steadied the camera against a post and took several shots. I did rather well for an amateur.

With more of these trees around than I knew, I tried to identify the
variety. I believe that would require DNA sampling. There are so many hybrids that are near identical. If I am anywhere near correct, the tree is Magnolia × soulangeana.

Interesting is that this tree is often called Japanese Magnolia, but its origins are in China. Again, if I am correct, the tree was hybridized by a retired officer in Napoleon's army in the year 1820.

This particular hybrid is probably the most popular of all. It is widely grown in the British Isles and in most parts of the US, more so on the east and west coasts.

Whether my facts are straight or not, there is one fact that will prevail: The beauty of this tree is absolutely astonishing!


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Judging from your photograph - the actual tree must be absolutely gorgeous!
I believe you are correct in that most people just call all similar trees Japanese magnolia but I have never seen an ugly one..
Do you have any idea as to how old or how tall this one is?

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful

I love the colors of this tree!

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