blooming trees

Campbell’s magnolia is a magnolia that grows in the forests of the Himalaya from Nepal to SW China and Burma, at altitudes of 2400-3000 m. It is a large deciduous tree, bearing large white or cream, scented flowers, mostly on bare branches. Flowers are 13-20 cm across, with 12-15 large white petals, outer ones silvery-haired. Smooth oval leaves are up to a foot long, with silky hairs on the underside when young. Fruit is a cylindrical spike 15-20 cm long, with red seeds. A pink flowered form of Campbell’s Magnolia occurs in East Himalayas, and is cultivated around Darjeeling. Flowering: March-April.