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. Whoever invented magnolia as a paint colour! It’s a dreadful colour – or non-colour as I prefer to call it – and bears no resemblance to any of the lovely magnolia flowers I’ve ever seen.

    1. I agree! The colour of the petals is much prettier and more delicate than any attempt at ‘magnolia’ paint. These flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Smashing photographs of a beautiful tree. I love the magnolia and you’ve captured it beautifully. As to its use as a wall colour, I’m in favour. I don’t think one should notice the walls in a room, if anything, attention should be on the furniture, curtains and suchlike – if indeed one wanted attention on anything. Nows a magnolia painted room with white furniture and one stunning branch of the magnoangeana would be just perfect in my view.

  3. This takes me back to the tree on the corner of the street where I grew up. What a sign of spring that was! So eagerly watched for, and so rudely undone by spring storms. But what a moment of beauty! I’ve never heard the name “saucer magnolia,” but I’d side with you on its meaning. They do look suspended in the spring air. Wonderful photos!

  4. There is something alluring about magnolias, whether scent or color, they do create a fine show every spring. We are at the upper reach of their range, and we always hold our breath that there isn’t a late frost to turn their luminous beauty to ugly brown.

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