Ornamental Tree Nurseries are thrilled to offer a fantastic range of the most popular and decorative Magnolia trees. Magnolia is an ancient genus with fossilised specimens dating back over 20 million years ago. Magnolia plants existed before bees, meaning that the flowers had to evolve to encourage pollination by beetles. The carpels of the flowers have had to adapt to become strong enough to withstand pollination by beetles. As time went on, they later evolved to allow pollination by bees. Although magnolia flowers do not produce nectar they do produce pollen. Their flowers also emit a sugary scent which attracts bees and other pollinators. The Magnolia genus is named after Pierre Magnol, a 17th Century French botanist.
Magnolia trees make fantastic ornamental, garden trees. They come in a range of shapes and sizes with a choice of flower colours, from whites, pink, yellow or purple, there is a magnolia colour for every garden. The flowering seasons range from early spring to late summer, and come in different forms including star shaped and goblet. Magnolia trees come in both evergreen and deciduous varieties. The evergreen magnolias make great screening trees and all types are suited to a sheltered position. Magnolias can be grown in pots, making fantastic patio features. For Magnolia trees suited to container growing, click here.
Magnolias have played a large part in culture throughout the US and Asia. Magnolia grandiflora is the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi. It is so prevalent in Mississippi that it has been nicknamed The Magnolia State. Siebold's Magnolia is the national flower of North Korea.
They have also been the source of inspiration for Hollywood movies, such as Magnolia and Steel Magnolia.