During the past week's warm weather I was able to snap some photos of the magnolia tree flowers in Washington Park, view them further down. These early bloomers were spectacular and every time I passed by them there were other gawkers admiring them too. Maybe we should start a walker-gawker club in the park.
|'Saucer' Magnolia, photo from atidewatergardener.blogspot.com|
A nice sized magnolia shrub form to consider is 'Saucer' Magnolia, M. x soulangeana with large, saucer-shaped flowers with white insides and pinkish-purple suede-like outsides. 'Saucer' can grow to a large size clump 20' x 20' and has attractive dark green foliage.
Others to consider along the Front Range - Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' which can be a small tree or large shrub 10-15' x 10-15' with white, large, single, star-like fragrant flowers.
|'Galaxy' Magnolia, photo from www.bowerandbranch.com|
Newer to our area is Magnolia 'Butterflies,' with delicate lemon-yellow flowers that appear to float or perch on the graceful branches like butterflies. Place it in a protected area for show stopping early spring enjoyment.
|'Butterflies' Magnolia, photo from cottagefarmsmagnolia.com|
Photos from my walk at Washington Park the week of March 14th - most likely Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill.'
|What a difference a snow storm makes, taken three days later :-(|