Magnolia flower, often called simply the magnolia tree or Magnolia grandiflorum, is a deciduous tree of the magnolia family, Magnoliaceae, native to the eastern United States, from Virginia up to central Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico and southwest to east Texas. The leaves are alternate and pendulous, the trunk upright, with long roots which reach the earth. It has prickly spines and is a bract with needlelike projections that resemble tiny needles. Flowers are large and white-colored, with the red varieties bearing the most concentrated white blood cells. The tree bears fruit in late summer to early fall.
The word Magnolia is Greek, meaning “magnificent.” Magnolia is said to have been chosen by the ancient Greeks because of its bright, stimulating flowers and colorful foliage. The flowers attract butterflies.
The magnolia is a hardy tree that prefers fertile, well drained soil. Leaves are dark green, leathery and oval, thick and pinnately compound, and contain numerous minute flower stalks. Flowers open in a vase or flowerpot and drop off easily. The plant thrives on fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Propagation is by planting from cuttings taken from the root system.
The flowers are highly attractive and give an early appearance to the tree. The blooms are highly aromatic and emit a fresh and lovely odor. Growing magnolia trees in blossom can be a successful hobby if cared for correctly. Newly planted areas should receive full sun, and fertilizers should be applied regularly until bloom time.
The best time to plant magnolia trees is late spring through summer, when temperatures are warm and damp heat is not present. Hardy and disease resistant plants are easily grown in many locations. Pests such as pink worms and slugs do not affect them. Trees should be planted 6 feet apart so that they have room to grow. When grown in groups, they create a lush and stunning display.
Some of these magnificent trees are grown under an arch. This results in the magnificent 'Lily-of-the-Valley' magnolia flower. The flower opens with a white button shape and closes deeply with a purple color. The colors are highly variable and depend on the variety of magnolia flower grown. This flower is highly valued for its fall foliage.
Magnolia trees should be planted in fertile soil rich in nutrients. They should also be given organic mulch and compost to keep disease at bay. Pruning must be done after the tree flowers in late winter or early spring, depending upon the individual specimens. Harvested branches and leaves can be used for a variety of recipes.
Magnolia trees should be tended in such a way that the roots are supplied with enough food and water. If they receive too much water and nutrients, the magnolia flower may not develop fully. On the other hand, if the soil is dry, the roots may rot and wither. This natural cycle occurs throughout the growing season. It is a good idea to prune the root system every two to three years, depending on how the magnolia flower grows.