Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-18
If you like flowers the size of dinner plates, you'll love magnolias. They're beautifully fragrant, and visually spectacular -- tall (as in 50 or 60 feet high) with huge, shiny, deep green leaves. And those flowers! I see why people love these trees. But ... but ... there is one small problem ...
You'll need a live-in gardener to clean up after a magnolia. The leaves and flowers turn tobacco brown and fall off, creating heaps of litter. Meanwhile, the "fruiting bodies" (that thing in the center of the blossom, which is the size of a shaving brush) drop off at some point, and fill in any empty spaces the leaves and blossoms haven't covered. Here in Zone 10, the process seems to go on all year. These trees are suitable for Zones 5 - 10, so maybe in other areas, they're a little easier to live with. Anyone have a magnolia experience to add?
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