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Southern Magnolia Tree Facts in Deep South Landscapes

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Milky white Magnolia blossom

Milky white Magnolia blossom

A great many tall and stately magnolia trees dot the lawns in Southern landscapes and where we live in Houston, Texas is no exception.

Judging from the numerous ones planted in our neighbor's yards, the local nurseries selling these trees must do very well especially in the spring of the year when this particular tree puts on its raiment of those creamy to white large and showy blossoms.

When taking a walk around our subdivision, the air is sweetly perfumed with the extremely fragrant magnolia blossoms combined with other plants like jasmine, which also exudes a wonderful fragrance around the same time of year. It is quite the natural air freshener!

I captured many of these beautiful flower photos as well as tree photos with my handy digital camera this last spring while my husband and I were taking one of our morning walks.


Magnolia Blossoms

Magnolia Blossoms

When people think of the Deep South, generally the states lumped into that category consist of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

For certain the Southern Magnolia trees grow well there, but they also grow from South Carolina all the way following the Atlantic coastline south to Florida and extend west beyond Louisiana to Oklahoma and the eastern parts of Texas where we have wonderful specimens growing in our Houston subdivision.

These tall pyramidal shaped trees are also known as the Magnolia grandiflora and come from the family Magnoliaceae.

They can commonly grow to heights of sixty to eighty feet and about half as wide so definitely need enough space in which to spread out and flourish.

They like moisture plus well drained soil but can withstand drought conditions better than some other types of trees.

This is good as Texas withstands some drought conditions on occasion. Other types of trees during severe droughts show great distress and even die. I have yet to notice any magnolia trees doing this at least so far.

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The Southern Magnolia is an evergreen variety of tree. It does best growing in full sun.

It commonly blooms each spring and its blossoms can adorn the trees for up to a month or longer from beginning to end of the flowering season.

The size of the blossoms coming from this type of tree are huge! They can be up to one foot or more (12 to 14 inches) in diameter when fully opened. It would be hard to ignore a flower of this dimension! The buds are sizable also as one might imagine.

Even after fully opened these waxy petaled blossoms continue to enthrall the onlooker as the creamy color changes to a sepia tone eventually losing its grasp on the tree and falling to the ground joining the large leathery leaves which are continually shed on a year round basis.

Inside of a magnolia blossom

Inside of a magnolia blossom

If one chooses to have a Southern Magnolia tree in one's landscape this must be taken into consideration. Picking up the thick leaves of which each one can be up to a foot long is a regular chore to keep a garden looking tidy and well maintained.

As one might be able to tell from my photos, the shade provided by this tree is dense. Often grass does not grow well under these trees unless they are trimmed up from the ground so as to let more sunlight in around the base of their single stemmed trunks.

In the photo shown above these homeowners have purposely pruned their specimen tree up from the ground to better fit the landscape and allow more light to hit the grassy areas.

Southern Magnolia blossom in bud form

Southern Magnolia blossom in bud form

Ways to Propagate These Magnificent Trees

After the blossoming time is over, brown cones are left with the bright red seeds of the Southern Magnolia. Birds love to eat these seeds. It also becomes nourishment for squirrels and opossums which savor this tasty seed treat.

One can propagate these trees from seeds successfully if one has the patience to see them grow from seedling stage to that of blossoming which would be many years.

To get the seeds ready to plant, do the following:

  • Harvest the seeds in the fall season of year when they become visible in the pods.
  • Remove the outer coating of the seeds.
  • Put into a jar or ziplock bag with a little moist potting soil.
  • Refrigerate at least 3 months.
  • Plant the seeds at least 1/2 inch deep in potting soil and keep moist.
  • When the sprouted trees are 2 1/2 to 3 inches or more in size they can be re potted into larger containers until grown to a size more suitable to be planted into the ground.

To see a visual of how to accomplish propagating these seeds, watch the video below.

Another way in which to propagate this type of tree as well as numerous other types of plants is by air layering them or placing smaller branches directly into the ground while still attached to the main plant.

A little preparation work is necessary. For air layering, complete the steps below.

  • Remove a band of bark from the branch.
  • Wrap moist sphagnum moss around the newly exposed wound.
  • Tightly secure the sphagnum moss with plastic wrap.
  • Aluminum foil then covers the plastic wrap.
  • Patience and time will reward the gardener with roots at this juncture. It can then be severed from the tree and planted.

For rooting directly into the ground follow step one and cover the branch with soil and something heavy like a rock. Keep watered.

The video below shows both methods of propagation.

From Southeastern Asia to America's Deep South and beyond, there are hundreds of species from the genus known as magnolia.

While the non-hybridized ones do best in warmer climates such as zones 7 to 9 in the United States, some cold hardy cultivars can now be seen in areas further north even to zone 5 such as up in parts of Ohio.

There are many variations in size and these trees also sport a variety of different colored blossoms. Some of these trees are deciduous meaning that they lose their leaves in the winter.

So if one wishes to have one of these beauties in one's landscape, a person now has more choices than ever from which to choose.

Southern magnolia blossom

Southern magnolia blossom

Some interesting facts:

  • These trees are pollinated by beetles, not bees!
  • The Southern Magnolia is the State Tree of Mississippi.
  • It is also the State Flower of Mississippi and of Louisiana.

Our yard and garden has more than its fair share of trees and plants, so for now I will simply continue to admire these beautiful trees in our neighbors yards especially every Spring when the strong fragrance of their milky white blossoms scent the air.

Slide Show Showing Different Types of Magnolias Set to Music

Hope you enjoyed this look at the magnificent Southern Magnolias and perhaps learned something that you did not already know.

Thinking of the Deep South without these trees gracing the landscape just wouldn't seem right!

Magnolia Blossom

Magnolia Blossom


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: When is the best time to prune Magnolia trees?

Answer: If you do not wish to affect next years blossoms, then trimming southern magnolia trees after they finish blooming would be the best time.

Question: Should there be any special care for a Magnolia Tree?

Answer: Here is a link from the University of Florida that you can read about how to care for a southern magnolia tree.

Question: Do seeds from a Southern Magnolia in Tampa, Florida need to go through a 3-month process of chilling in the refrigerator? We don't actually have true winters, that's why I'm asking.

Answer: To my best guess, I would think that it would not be necessary. The seeds are naturally spread by birds and animals who eat them. Only about 50% of seeds germinate if the soil conditions, sunlight, and hydration are correct. The ones that are grown from bird and animal excrement are not chilled. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

Magnolias are slow growing, so if you are going to do it from seed, be patient.

Question: Are Southern magnolias evergreen?

Answer: The answer is yes. Southern magnolias shed leaves on a year-round basis, but never lose all of their leaves as deciduous trees do.

Question: Do you prune the "suckers" aiming at a single clean trunk of the tree?

Answer: I have not personally grown this type of tree but generally speaking, if a tree does produce a sucker, it is a good idea to get rid of it for the reason you specified in your question.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments Are Welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 12, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

As you noted, there are a number of different varieties of magnolia trees. I agree with you that all of them are lovely.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 12, 2019:

We have magnolias blooming in Southern California but I don't believe they are exactly the same type that you grow in Houston. The tree appearance is somewhat different. Anyway, they are beautiful, no matter the type.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2019:

Hi Roberta,

Like you, I admire these southern magnolia trees in other people's yards.

RTalloni on June 09, 2019:

Magnolias are magnificent trees and well worth keeping up if one has the time. Being from the south I love to use my southern drawl in its most dramatic form when saying the name, but I also love to enjoy neighbors' trees as opposed to having my own. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

We have many magnolia trees planted in the yards of many of our neighbors. Right now they are all in full bloom. It is such a lovely sight as we do our walks in the neighborhood. Nice that you also get to enjoy them on your walks.

Patricia Scott on May 08, 2019:

On my walk the other morning I was privy to the lovely blooms of one of these magnificent trees I am captivated by them each time I see them Thank you for sharing Angels are headed to Houston this afternoon ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

Your 50 year old magnolia tree sounds magnificent! There are some old oak trees here in Houston that sound exactly like what you described. No hurricane could totally destroy them because they are supported by so many branches on the ground supporting the main trunk.

Patricia Griffith on June 02, 2018:

Magnolia trees are hard to kill if they have acid soil and plenty of sun and water. I have a huge old one in my front lawn in VA. It is 50 + years old and it is as wide as it is tall. That is the way I like them. The lower branches swoop down to the ground and take root where they touch the ground. That tree has a main trunk about two feet in diameter and it is anchored by lower branches growing into the ground in a dozen places around the tree. Ice storms take out some of the top branches periodically but no hurricane will uproot that tree. I have dozens of baby magnolia trees coming up all over my pastures, where the birds have carried the seeds away. I have replanted some of them into ideal locations in my side and back yards, and in my daughter's yard in NC.

Peggy Woods on February 06, 2018:

Hi Mobile AL,

So sorry to hear that you are having trouble with some of your magnolia trees dying. If you have an agricultural center in your area or some master gardeners, those would be the people who might be able to figure out what is going on in your particular case. Did you have your soil analyzed? Too much fertilizer can be almost as bad as too little fertilizer. Best wishes to you!

Mobile AL on February 04, 2018:

Hi, I have 53 magnolias in my yard (2.5 acres in the city of Mobile). I have removed four trees in the past two years (around 1,000$ each due to the size). Most of the trees are in two to three foot diameter at the base and look great. I have noticed that the diseased trees start losing their leaves and then die. I put out 500 hundred pounds of 16-0-8 fertilizer this week, hoping it will was a lack of nutrition and not a disease. I am watching one the trees and it has less leaves than the others, I'm sure it is on its way out. Anyone have any ideas on what is killing them? I am photographing the tree to show its demise. Any help would be appreciated.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2016:

Hello gaynel,

White spots on magnolia leaves are generally caused by a fungus and according to what I read rarely cause damage to the tree. If it bothers you a fungicide can be applied but since your tree is 25 feet tall, that could be a problem. Most people do nothing and it usually resolves itself. Is your tree in full sunlight? It likes full sun.

gaynel on April 14, 2016:

My leaves are not as large and shinny as my neighbors. I have tiny white dots on the leaves. The tree is 25 feet tall and is loaded with buds. We have had a good rain nearly every week. What should I do about the dots of the leaves and the fact that the tree looks tired?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2015:

Hi aesta1,

There are many southern magnolia trees in Houston also and the air is so fragrant when they are in bloom. From what you wrote, you must not have them anymore. Undoubtedly you miss them! Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

We don't have room for more trees on our property but certainly enjoy the southern magnolia trees on our neighbor's property especially when they are in bloom with their sweet fragrance permeating the air.

Rainy and cool day here in Houston too. Good water for the trees and such! Thanks for the share.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 22, 2015:

I used to have several in my back garden because this is one flower I love so much. It is good to see your magnolias. They are lovely. A friend told me how beautiful it is in Savannah when these flowers are in full bloom.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 21, 2015:

Sharing this excellent article again because it won't be long before people start thinking about sprucing up their yards and maybe adding some trees or bushes, or flowers. These are beautiful stately trees and I love their huge blossoms.

I hope you were able to enjoy some warmer weather the last few days. I know it's warmer down there than up here, but I think it gets a little chilly down there too. We are getting rain for the next day and a half and that's cooling us down a little again. Hope all is well there . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Yes, Spring is definitely here to stay. In fact we had a high of 86 degrees here in Houston yesterday. Not too long before we will be complaining about the summer heat! Ha! The magnolias are in bloom here also as is the Carolina jasmine and many other fragrant things. Thanks for the pin to your "White" board.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 24, 2014:

Back again! Beautiful photos and I love the wreath idea. Magnolias here in North Texas are just now getting ready to bloom as we've had a longer and colder winter than usual. Spring seems to be here to stay at last.

Already pinned to my 'Trees, Plants, & Flowers' board, and now I've pinned it to my 'White' board too. Excellent article!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2013:

Hi Jackie,

It would appear that we both love this spectacular type of tree no matter where it is grown. :))

Jackie Lynnley on September 23, 2013:

Love this. Came across it at the bottom of my magnolia hub page, so guess we both are impressed by it. I left Texas out of my hub but you left out North Carolina, so we are even! lol Great article. ^

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

These magnificent southern magnolia trees would be hard to forget! Glad you liked my photos and descriptions. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

I also love the sweet scent that permeates the air when the southern magnolia trees are in bloom. We have numerous ones right in our neighborhood. Thanks for the votes and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Pinterest can be quite addicting. Ha! Thanks for the pin of these southern magnolia trees to your board and also for the share. :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 16, 2013:

Beautiful description and photos to match. I enjoyed reading and remember fondly once living in Louisiana and South Carolina among these beautiful trees.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 16, 2013:

I think magnolia trees are just gorgeous! They seem to grow well here in southern Oklahoma as well. I see many of them as we drive through town, but not many in the country. I love their sweet scent and their blooms are so beautiful. Wonderful hub! Voting up, useful, beautiful, interesting and sharing! :)

C E Clark from North Texas on June 15, 2013:

I'm back again! This is a great hub and I need more trees on my "Trees, plants, & Flowers" board. Sharing this with followers again and pinning too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2013:

Hi JayeWisdom,

Sorry that your magnolia tree caused so much damage to your main water line into your house...and resulting plumbing bills. I guess that many a tree has done the same thing when planted too close to a house...that, or even foundation problems. People need to consider such things when planting trees of any kind. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

It is true that many things are in bloom in Texas at this time of year and the air is fragrant with the magnolia blossoms and many other flowers. Thanks for your comment and the additional share.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on May 10, 2013:

I always thought Magnolia trees, especially their creamy blooms, were beautiful--that is, until I bought the house where I currently live. A huge Magnolia grew too close to the front of the house, immediately in front of the sewer line. That tree lost its beauty when it cost me thousands of dollars in plumbing costs, necessitated my front yard being dug up with a backhoe and still more money to have the huge thing removed, cut up and hauled away.

You see, Magnolia trees have deep thirsty roots that should not be anywhere near a water line. The water line from my house that connected to the city water line at the street was full of roots, which caused plumbing problems of great magnitude for months before the seriousness was diagnosed.

The lesson in this story is to be very careful where you plant a Magnolia Grandiflora sapling. It will grow to be a very big tree, and the roots will grow down and spread, drawn toward water. Trust me--you don't want those roots invading your home's water line!

I still think Magnolia trees are pretty--in a painting. I don't want one growing in my yard.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 10, 2013:

Tis the season when magnolias are blooming here in Texas. Everything is green and wildflowers and domesticated flowers are all blooming like crazy. The perfect time to visit Texas over the next couple of weeks or so.

Sharing this hub again because I find it so interesting, informative and useful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

Many of our neighbors have southern magnolia trees in their yards so we do not have to go far to see them in all of their glory. Thanks for your visit and comment. Appreciate the thought of angels coming my way. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 29, 2013:

Magnolia blossoms have always enchanted me. Living in the South I am fortunately privy to them often. They are so velvety and surreal looking to me. Watching the emergence from blossom to seed was quite fascinating. Thanks for sharing this, Peggy.

Have a lovely lovely Monday

Angels are on the way :) ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2013:

Hi Kathleen,

Isn't it nice to be able to walk out into your own backyard and take lovely photos! We do grow so many beautiful and colorful plants on a year round basis in the south. Will be looking for some of your photos of plants in your hubs. Thanks for your comment on this hub regarding the Southern Magnolia trees.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on February 13, 2013:

So glad I found this hub. I love our flowers and trees in the South. Many of my hubs (especially the poetry) has a picture I took myself of flowers in my own yard here in Georgia.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Those thick magnolia leaves are magnificent when woven into wreaths or other centerpieces. Glad that you liked the idea and also that you get to enjoy the beauty and scent of the blossoms in your part of Texas. Appreciate your comment, votes and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 31, 2013:

As always, fabulous photos and videos, and lots of good information. We have magnolias here in North Texas also and they are so pretty when they're in blossom. I hadn't thought of using the leaves for weaving into decorative crafts for special occasions -- a great idea.

Voted up, interesting, beautiful, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Hello ausmedus,

Yes, the southern magnolia flower is beautiful and it is also so fragrant. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hi again whonunuwho,

Like you, I miss the blooming lilacs in the Springtime of year up north and the more vivid Fall colors. Guess we cannot have it all. Each region of the country, and world for that matter, has its special type of beauty.

whonunuwho from United States on October 03, 2012:

Yep Peggy, I had to move away from these fond scents and senses long a go, and now far away.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hello whonunuwho,

I take it from your comment that you no longer can sit on that porch in your rocking chair drinking in the fresh and aromatic breezes from a nearby Southern Magnolia tree? Well, if not, at least you have your memories. The aromatic fragrance is one that would be hard to forget. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Yes...isn't it amazing that a beetle pollinates this Southern Magnolia tree! We usually think of bees doing that for the most part. Glad that reading this brought back memories of your having lived in Georgia. Thanks for your comment and the share.

whonunuwho from United States on October 02, 2012:

A fine article on a subject near and dear to my heart. The Magnolia is one of my favorite southern trees and will always be part of my heritage. I can think of nothing more wonderful than to sit in my rocking chair on the front porch and drink in the aroma and fresh breezes afforded by the beautiful Magnolia tree's blossoms on a cool Summer's evening. Thank you for sharing these nice memories of a time long ago and one held in my heart for ever.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 02, 2012:

We don't have these beautiful Magnolia trees here in S Fl. but I always enjoyed them when I lived in Georgia. I never knew they were pollinated by a beetle! Just learned something new today.

I enjoyed looking at these photos and your video; made me think I was back in Georgia!

I voted this Hub UP will share this, too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2012:

Hello Anil and Honey,

Thanks for telling us about the tree in your area that is similar to the Southern Magnolias in this part of the world. Nice to know that you can experience the sweet fragrance also. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 01, 2012:

Hello KrazyKaty,

Nice that you get to enjoy your very own magnolia tree and the fragrant blossoms when they are in bloom as they are right now. Thanks for your comment.

Anil from Kerala on July 01, 2012:

Beautiful flower,this is very similar to our 'chempakam flower'(kerala)chempakam is also a tree.This flower is beautiful and white in colour.smell is very sweet.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2012:

Hi Vinaya,

So Southern Magnolias grow in your area also. Nice! Glad that this hub added some information that you did not already know. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2012:

Hello Cyndi10,

Yes, Southern Magnolia trees are gorgeous and like you said, the leaves can be used in so many ways. Thanks for your comment.

KrazyKaty from College Station, TX on June 30, 2012:

We have a big Magnolia Tree and it is so gorgeous! I just love the flowers they produce!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 30, 2012:

Hi ChristyWrites,

The Douglas Fir trees in your part of western Canada are also very beautiful. Trees do add so much to the landscape! Thanks for your comment and the share. :)

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on June 30, 2012:

I have this flower in my garden but did not know much about Magnolia. This is informative as well as beautiful hub.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on June 30, 2012:

Magnolias are magnificent, as nearly everyone has commented. The flowers make fantastic pictures and the leaves can make beautiful garlands for the door for just about any season. I really enjoyed your article.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 30, 2012:

How beautiful are magnolias. Here on the west coast of Canada we have a lot of Douglas Firs. Trees add such texture to the landscape. Great hub Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2012:

Hi Cathleena,

That will be a special gift for your "to be" daughter-in-law if she gets a tree started from your magnolia tree that she admires. It is so nice to be able to share plants! Wishing you success! Thanks for leaving a comment on this Southern Magnolia hub.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 17, 2012:

Excellent hub - Southern Magnolias are one of the most beautiful trees. I love the huge vanilla whitish flowers that are so exotic looking. Jane Magnolias are also pretty with there slightly smaller sized pink blooms and shorter size - I had one of these that I purchased and planted at the farm. My daughter-in-law to be loves this tree and we are planning to try to start her one from a cutting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2012:

Hello Imogen French,

Nice that you also have magnolia trees in England. Sometimes it is nice having a smaller type of tree in one's landscape. So glad that you enjoyed these photos. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

The magnolia trees are once again blooming in our part of the country. So glad that you liked my photos and I truly appreciate your sharing of this hub and the votes up. Thanks!

Imogen French from Southwest England on June 01, 2012:

What a gorgeous hub, such beautiful flowers. We get smaller magnolia trees here in England, and they are my absolute favourite flowering tree, but it's amazing to see your huge magnolias there, they look magnificent. Thanks for the lovely pictures.

Ruchira from United States on June 01, 2012:

such stunning pix, peggy.

loved reading about this hub and the lovely pix.

voted up and shared across

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 26, 2011:

Hello Phoebe Pike,

Nice to know that you appreciate the pictures that I took of the southern magnolias. Those creamy white blossoms are truly beautiful as well as fragrant. Thanks for your comment.

Phoebe Pike on October 25, 2011:

Absolutely stunning! Those pictures are remarkable! I can't wait to see more. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2011:

Hi Genna,

I love the smell of magnolias in additon to their beauty. When you mentioned Georgia O'Keeffe, I instantly thought of those bleached skulls she often used in her paintings. Thanks for your comment.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 21, 2011:

I loooove magnolias; they have a sensual elegance and purity that remind me a little of the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. Excellent hub, Peg.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 14, 2011:

Hello Eiddwen,

Thanks for the accolades on this hub about Southern Magnolias. Many of them grace our neighbors yards so there was no lack of subject matter for my photos. Always nice to see you here commenting!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 14, 2011:

Interesting,beautiful,awesome and all else.

Your hubs are always so well presented too.

So we go up up and away here without a doubt.

Take care and have a great day.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2011:

Hi James,

I had fun going around the neighborhood taking the Southern Magnolia tree pictures. Glad you liked them.

James A Watkins from Chicago on October 08, 2011:

Absolutely gorgeous!! I loved the wonderful photographs. Great Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2011:

Hello Sally's Trove,

It is wonderful that you get to smell the sweet magnolias in your area. Hooray for the hybridizers! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on October 08, 2011:

My next door neighbor bought two pink magnolia trees on sale a few years ago. They weren't looking very healthy, but she figured for 5 bucks a pop, it wouldn't hurt to try to save them. These trees are now magnificent. I love walking by them and poking my nose into a just opening bud and inhaling the sweet smell. The best thing about these trees? Not only do they bloom profusely in the spring, they continue to bloom, although more sparsely, right up until frost. We are so lucky that a hybridizer somewhere bred this variety that thrives in zone 6.

Thanks so much for putting this Hub together and sharing the videos and your lovely pictures. Voted up and beautiful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2011:

Hello marcoujor,

Nice that this hub about the magnolias could bring back memories of your mom's favorite flower. Thanks for your comment and votes. Appreciate it.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 07, 2011:

Dear Peggy,

This is an informative and beautiful article about a flower that was one of Mom's favorites. While we have some magnolia trees in PA, by far the most gorgeous in my memory are from Georgia, where she grew up. Voted UP & UABI, mar.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2011:

Hi Billy,

So true...magnolias have been used as a source of inspiration for many things. Glad that you liked these photos.

billyaustindillon on October 07, 2011:

Magnolias are one of those trees that have inspired brilliant poetry, prose, novels and films and even a little town north of Houston. Lovely photos deserved of nature's beauty.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2011:

Hi Hello, hello,

Glad to hear this hub about magnolias sparked some memories for you. Will look forward to reading it in the future. Thanks for your comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 05, 2011:

OMG, Peggy, you brought some memories back about Magnolias. I will write a hub about it. They certainly are beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2011:

Hi Om,

If "lum deuan" looks anything like southern magnolia blossoms, then they are beautiful. Are they also fragrant? Maybe you could write a hub about them? Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2011:

Hi Dolores,

I did not realize that the Southern Magnolias thrived that far north. Thanks for that bit of information. It is nice to be able to float those beautiful magnolia blossoms in bowls. I do that with our large camellia blossoms when they are in bloom. Thanks for your comment.

Om Paramapoonya on October 03, 2011:

Lovely hub. Gorgeous pictures. I've never seen a real magnolia tree.....Or maybe I have but didn't know it was a magnolia tree. LOL I think it looks pretty similar to a flower we have in Thailand called "lum deuan." :)

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 03, 2011:

Hi, Peggy - wish I had room for a Southern magnolia, a magnificent tree. Up here in Maryland, they do quite well. My sister has one and she brings a blossom in to float in a bowl when the tree is in bloom. Glad you posted so many pictures. They are lovely!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

You can actually find magnolia trees in Asia also. The Southern Magnolia is only found in the southern part of the U.S. with other types living further north. Glad you liked the pictures. Enjoy your weekend also. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hello AliciaC,

Not only do the magnolia trees have spectacular blossoms but the fragrance is so wonderful as well. Glad you liked my photos. Thanks for your comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 30, 2011:

I love flower. This hub was amazing and you describe this very well. Unfortunately, I can't find this magnolia near my house. I will be excited if I can see this in person, especially when the magnolia blooms. But I'll see this if I travel in US, right. Thank you very much for share this information and the best pictures. Vote up! Have a nice weekend...

Blessing and hugs,

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 30, 2011:

I loved reading your delightful and interesting hub as well as looking at the photos and videos. Magnolia trees have such beautiful flowers, and your photos are beautiful too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hello livelonger,

I focused primarily on the Southern Magnolia with mere mentioning of the numerous other types. Glad that you enjoyed this and thanks for leaving your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hello The Old Hack,

You are correct in mentioning how old the magnolia trees are and thus the need for beetle pollination. Just one more interesting fact about magnolias. Thanks for adding that in your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hello Movie Master,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed my photos of the magnolia blossoms. There are so many magnolia trees in our neighborhood that it was not hard capturing these beauties on film. Thanks for your comment.

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on September 30, 2011:

Wow, you've really taught me to everything I probably would have ever wanted to know about magnolias, and believe me when I tell you that before reading this great Hub, I knew close to nothing! Thanks for sharing this!

The Old Hack on September 30, 2011:

A beautiful hub. Magnolias are the most ancient and most primitive flowering tree, hence the beetle pollination. they predate the evolution of butterflies and bees. Wonderful!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 30, 2011:

Hello Peggy, your photos are breathtaking, the Magnolia is beautiful, I have never seen those big Magnolia trees, I would love one!

Thank you for sharing a great hub, thoroughly enjoyed it and voting up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

That is an interesting quote that you remembered. Red Skelton was always entertaining...aah, the "good old days!" Glad I could teach you something new, that of magnolias coming from trees. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hi anndavis25,

You are welcome to sip some tea on our patio...with or without magnolia trees in our yard anytime. :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hello thelyricwriter,

Glad you liked this and thanks for the compliments on this southern magnolia hub.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 30, 2011:

I learned one new thing. I did not know that Magnolias were trees. Oddly magnolias stick in my mind because of a comedy movie with Red Skelton.He was cast as a Union spy in the Civil War and the code phrase for recognition was "it's nice to be among the Magnolias again." Odd that something like that sticks in ones mind for so long.voted up, interesting and beautiful.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on September 30, 2011:

I'm feelin' like a glass of ice tea...Honey. Lol...good hub. Takes a lot of time to put a hub together like this. You are dedicated.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 30, 2011:

Such a great informative hub Peggy on the beautiful Southern Magnolias! You always have great pictures and your hubs are always very interesting with so much information. Well done Peggy. Take care.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 30, 2011:

Hello Alastar Packer,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed these photos. The Southern Magnolias do have absolutely huge blossoms! Ah yes...magnolias and spanish definitely thinks of lazy days in the South perhaps sipping tea on front porches, etc. Oops! Forgot! The landing at our front door does not exactly equate to a front porch. Oh well...we have the magnolias! Ha!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 29, 2011:

Read the text and wrote a comment then went back to look at the great pics again and of course it wiped the comment Your Southern Magnolias are huge compared to the ones around here. Does anything epitomize the Old South better than Magnolias and Spanish moss. Happy you have them in enough abundance to actually smell the fragrance in the air.Thoroughly enjoyed this Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2011:

Hi moonlake,

Guess every part of the country and world for that matter has some trees and plants that are best suited for growing in those areas. I still miss the spectacular sugar maple trees and their fall colors that I experienced while living in Wisconsin. Guess we can't have everything! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

These dinner plate sized Southern magnolia blossoms certainly are spectacular. Wish the scent could be transmitted via computer for those who have never had the pleasure of smelling them. Glad that you liked the photos and thanks for your comment.

moonlake from America on September 29, 2011:

I love magnolia trees but we can't grow them here. Enjoyed reading about them on your hub.