Among the Most Ornate of Flowering Trees
Magnolias are an ancient genus that have been found (via fossils) to have grown throughout Europe, Asia and America. Hugely important in Chinese and Japanese cultures they have been cultivated in China for centuries and often appear in artworks and oriental garden designs. They are named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol - these fabulous shrubs and trees are renowned for heralding the Spring with copious star or goblet shaped blooms appearing on leafless branches. Shades of deepest pink to white create a stunning display in springtime and are a welcome sight after the dead of winter.