My Friends’ Magnolia

Almost thirty years ago, we were given a young Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) tree from the yard of some friends.

We admired a larger one of these trees through a sky-light in their dining room.  It looked like big green umbrellas.

Magnolia macrophylla
Magnolia macrophylla

The Cunninghams dug up a small one for us that evening.

The tree is now over twenty feet tall.

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Last year it had its first ever bloom.

This spring it has eleven.

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Worth the wait?

You tell me.

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Wait for the FLOWER.

 

12 thoughts on “My Friends’ Magnolia

  1. My goodness you’re patient. But what a reward. I’ve been waiting ten years for a Davidia (handkerchief tree) to bloom. It’s moved house with me twice before being planted in the ground here. And I thought that was a long wait..

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  2. It is lovely but you would probably have had flowers sooner by buying a tree that had been propagated by cuttings rather than a seed derived one. That said a tree with memories of friends is very special.

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    1. Isn’t that cheating? Ha. I just liked the “umbrella” leaves. The flowers are a bonus. I suspect my “bunny fertilizer” helped it, too. Thanks for the tip. I have seen a blooming tree that I want. I’ll check on its propagation when obtaining one. I really doubt I have 30 more years to wait for anything.

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