Magnolia grandiflora

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The petals are large and floppy, like a Basset Hound's ears.


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There is a marvelous sweet fragrance. How could I have missed that? I suppose because the flowers are usually 30 feet away from my nostrils. In hand, the perfume seems miraculous.

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The white purity of the petals is quickly sullied.





The foliage is like a slab of #2 plastic. Fallen leaves take months to dry out, and even then, need assistance to crumble. The roots buckle sidewalks. That sweet-smelling central cone turns into a hard red seeded cylinder that can twist an ankle, jam mower blades, and raise general garden havoc. Those flowers must be paid for.

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Magnolia: putting the "grand" in "grandiflora".

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