Magnolia x soulangeana

Magnolia x soulangeana

In the world of home decor, magnolia is a best-selling colour that outlasts every new craze because it is so easy to live with, but its biggest fan would not call it exciting. On the inside of the loose, cup shaped flowers held on a magnolia tree, the sheeny colour has all the allure you could hope for, especially when backed with pink, as here.

Pink magnolia flower

Magnolia x soulangeana is widely grown in Mississippi, which is where I took these pictures one January. The flowers can be pale or deep pink or more on the creamy side.

Magnolia x soulangeana flowers seem to float on bare branches

Their folk name, the saucer magnolia, puzzles me because tea saucers are so much flatter than the flowers, but if the reference is to flying saucers, I get it! Being carried on a network of bare stems well before the leaves appear gives them an unearthly look.

Pink magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana)

Magnolias have an evocative fragrance: my sweetheart says whenever and wherever he smells them, he feels like he’s home in the South.

Saucer magnolia with pink flowers in a garden

Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day. Her choice is a beautiful, velvety iris.

38 Replies to “Magnolia x soulangeana”

  1. We have a totally different magnolia here in Texas. They bloom in the summer, have a white bloom, very waxy, with a slightly lemony scent. The leaves are dark green and very shiny. Growing up in Ohio, I remember the pink ones that bloom in the spring, but I would think Mississippi would have the southern ones we have here.

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