Is it Going to be Another Great Magnolia Season?

Is it Going to be Another Great Magnolia Season?

This magnolia season is starting off well. Unlike most years when early spring brings below freezing night temperatures, the early Magnolia stellata cultivars, Little Girl hybrids, and Magnolia denudata have reached their peak undamaged by an early spring frost. Next to bloom will be the saucer magnolias, Magnolia x soulangiana cultivars, and Gresham hybrids. If we are truly lucky, we might have a repeat of Spring 2005… the most beautiful magnolia year since I started at the Scott Arboretum in 1998.

Magnolia salicfolia taken by Rhoda Maurer

Visit our Magnolia Collection this spring to see if we have another breath-taking season. The Arboretum’s collections of hollies and magnolias have gained recognition as one of the registered collections in the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC).

Rhoda Maurer
rmaurer1@swarthmore.edu
2 Comments
  • Barbara Shaw
    Posted at 08:08h, 09 April Reply

    I visited the arboretum on April 8th, and although the magnolias were starting to drop their gorgeous petals, I still wished I had a blanket to lie down upon under the majestic trees. The fragrance was enchanting and the quiet was most welcome. Barb!

  • Rhoda Maurer
    Posted at 13:11h, 09 April Reply

    The earliest of the magnolias are dropping their tepals, but there are many more to come. This week the Magnolia x soulangiana should reach their peak with the yellows and big-leaf magnolias later in May.

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