Of all the flowering shrubs and trees, the most evocative of spring is Magnolia.
An ancient woody plant, with a fossil record that dates back 100 million years, magnolia has a simple but large and showy flower structure, with six or more tepals (neither petal nor sepal) spiraling in whorls. White and pink flowers are well known, but there are yellow, purple, and wine cultivars, plus near-orange and near-red.
Map of Magnolias at the Garden
Wada's Memory Magnolia—Link between parking lots 3 & 5
Star Magnolia—Farwell Landscape Garden, Graham Bulb Garden, Evening Island, Malott Japanese Garden
Randy Magnolia—Farwell Landscape Garden
Jane Magnolia—Farwell Landscape Garden
Susan Magnolia—Graham Bulb Garden
Merrill Magnolia—Graham Bulb Garden, Malott Japanese Garden
Royal Star Magnolia—Sensory Garden
W.B. Clarke Magnolia—Lakeside East
Alexandrina Saucer Magnolia—English Walled Garden
Click on the images below for more info on each species.