Northern Japanese Magnolia – Magnolia kobus var ‘borealis’
This lovely 45-year-old magnolia grows near the DuPage River at The Morton Arboretum
The Northern Japanese magnolia blooms in the early spring, bearing pleasantly fragrant white flowers with hints of pale pink about 10 cm (4 in) in diameter. Also commonly called Kobushi magnolia
Leaf blade length: 4 to 8 inches. Flower color: pink; white. Flower characteristics: pleasant fragrance; spring flowering; very showy. Fruit shape: elongated; irregular. Fruit length: 1 to 3 inches. Fruit covering: dry or hard. Fruit color: pink; red. Fruit attracts birds; no significant litter problem; showy. Bark is thin and easily damaged from mechanical impact, Branches droop as the tree grows, and will require pruning for vehicular or pedestrian clearance beneath the canopy. Can be grown with, or trainable to be grown with, multiple trunks. Needs little pruning to develop .
Magnoliaceae – Magnolia Family
The earliest flowering plants date back about 130 million years. According to Cronquist Evolution and Classification of Flowering Plants, the most primitive of all living angiosperms belong to the subclass Magnoliidae. This subclass contains several primitive plant families, including the water-lilies (Nymphaeaceae), and buttercups (Ranunculaceae).
1. Northern Japanese Magnolia, Morton Arboretum acc. 532-52-1 photos by Bruce Marlin
2. Wikipedia contributors, “Magnolia kobus“
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