13 Aug 2011

Magnolia grandiflora

High up in the south facing shrubbery along the top of the wall in a corner the Magnolia grandiflora is blossoming in the Holkham Walled Garden. To find it, walk the wall that stretches from the derelict sunken glass houses down past the newly planted 'Arena of Plants'. 
Commonly known as the Southern magnolia or Bull bay, it is native to the south eastern United States. Reaching 27.5 m (90 ft) in height, it is a large striking evergreen tree with large dark green leaves and large white fragrant flowers.  Widely cultivated around the world, over 100 cultivars have been bred and marketed commercially. The timber is hard and heavy and has been used commercially to make furniture and veneer. 

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