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Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is for Magnolia

For the A-Z Blogging Challenge M is for Magnolia, the Star Magnolia to be precise.

The Star Magnolia (M. Stellata) is a deciduous shrub growing in zones 4-8. It can get 10 feet tall with a 20 foot wide spread and is very slow growing. It gets its name from the somewhat star-shaped flowers most unlike other Magnolias.

The19-21 petals of each blossom are long, lazily floppy in a stark white color. They are the earliest to bloom in late winter or early spring.

Most cultivars are pleasantly fragrant and bloom profusely.

Such a lovely flower and a durable shrub. You can't kill this thing! Even Pocono winters and the harsh wind blowing about my yard won't do it any harm.

Alas, after lovely almost summer-like weather, we had  several nights of freezing temps and look what happened. The frost nipped them prematurely spoiling the otherwise lovely show.

Ah, well, we still have the Magnolia grande flora and the Jane saucer magnolia (purpley-pink buds shown here) to look forward to blooming. They're all budded up and getting ready. YAY!


  1. I love magnolias. I happen to live in a city named Magnolia. :)

    Great post,
    Michelle :)

  2. Lovely flower and a lovely Southern Lady's name. My Aunt from Georgia was Magnolia! Nice Letter M post.

  3. Lovely magnolia "M" post.
    Happy A-Z April!

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