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.
Use our GardenGuide App 2.0 to tour all of the interesting and unusual magnolias you see here. Share the plants you love, learn more about each species, and put GPS technology to practical use during your visits with our app.
Map of Magnolias at the Garden
Magnolia x kewensis 'Wada's Memory'—Link between parking lots 3 & 5
Magnolia stellata—Farwell Landscape Garden, Graham Bulb Garden, Evening Island, Malott Japanese Garden
Magnolia 'Randy'—Farwell Landscape Garden
Magnolia 'Jane'—Farwell Landscape Garden
Magnolia 'Susan'—Graham Bulb Garden
Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill'—Graham Bulb Garden, Malott Japanese Garden
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'—Sensory Garden
Magnolia salicifolia 'W.B. Clarke'—Lakeside East
Magnolia x soulangiana 'Alexandrina'—English Walled Garden
Click on the images below for more info on each species.