Japanese Magnolia tree (Magnolia kobus DC) flowers and fruit


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Flowers - Magnolia - its beauty is awe-inspiring in early spring. Showered with hundreds of extraordinarily large flowers, they indisputably put magnolias at the forefront of the garden aristocracy. They have the beauty of Far Eastern beauties. Their flowers look like they are out of this world. They seem extremely delicate, but in our climate they feel good and grow nicely. They develop individually on twigs, smell beautifully and are very magnificent - from a distance they look like tulips blooming on a tree. Their color depends on the species and variety. Most have a pastel shade of pink, but there are also white, cream, and even yellow. They were named Magnolia by Linnaeus to commemorate the seventeenth-century French botanist Pierre Magnol.
Magnolias appeared on Earth as one of the first flowering plants. Their fossils were found in Tertiary rocks dating back 36-58 million years, i.e. before the Ice Age! Huge forests of magnolias, tulip trees, ambergris and ginkgoes then surrounded the entire Arctic region. Later glaciations destroyed them almost completely. These forests survived only in the east of North America, China, Japan and Korea, where today there are clusters of almost all existing 120-128 species of magnolia.

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The fruits and seeds of Magnolia. The photos below show the fruits of the Japanese Magnolia. This specimen is about 50 years old and grows in Poland, in the Silesian Park (near which I live).

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Sheep have an amazing, delicate resinous smell and a resin-citrus flavor. They are not edible, but the smell and taste are incredibly refreshing and remind me of my trips to Asia.

Magnolia is easy to grow, so it is worth having in your home garden or even on the terrace.

Photo: Huawei P7, 25.08.2020
The first Photo: Website lunaticgarden

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