The Galaxy Tulip Magnolia Tree is always a show stopper when it blooms early in the Spring before the other trees. The trees look like dead branches in the winter, as it looses his leaves for winter (deciduous). Then on a cold February day, the fuzzy buds pop up! As the buds develop, they grow long and slender until another pop reveals a deep purple color. When the purple points open, they are white like snow on the inside. The new leaves appear on the tree as the blooms fade. For the rest of he year, it looks like a normal little tree. Your photostudy today is of these new Spring Blooms at Kates Cabin Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy!
Info deom Wikipedia:
Magnolia liliiflora (variously known by many names, including Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia and Woody-orchid) is a small tree native to southwest China (in Sichuan and Yunnan), but cultivated for centuries elsewhere in China and also Japan. It was first introduced to English-speaking countries from cultivated Japanese origins, and is thus also sometimes called Japanese magnolia, though it is not native to Japan. It is now also planted as an ornamental in North America and Europe, though rather less often than its popular hybrid (see below). The name Yulania liliiflora is a synonym.
It is a deciduous shrub, exceptionally a small tree, to 4m tall (smaller than most other magnolias), and blooms profusely in early spring with large pink to purple showy flowers, before the leaf buds open.
|A Magnolia liliiflora flower|
|Subgenus:||M. subg. Yulania|
|Section:||M. sect. Yulania subsect. Yulania|
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