Grabbed the camera yesterday to take some photos of this lovely flowering
magnolia liliiflora in the garden. I planted it ten years ago when quite tiny,
just 18" in its garden center pot, and it's now about 15 feet tall. A moderately
fast grower until about 20 years of age, it should top out around 20 feet with
15 feet spread. One of the earliest multi-stemmed flowering trees in the USA,
it blooms from late winter and is a beautiful first indicator of spring, with flowers
opening before the grey-green leaves appear. . . . . . .I think you will agree
it's very lovely.
With the temperature continuing very warm again here today and tomorrow - perhaps
hitting 80F - we're enjoying the many blooming trees, shrubs and plants. However we
are concerned that it will no doubt cool off with possible frost damage in the remaining
weeks of winter. . . . . . . . a winter which never really arrived around here!