Magnolias in Bloom

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 by

Magnolias in Bloom

It’s the perfect time to stroll among the blossoming Magnolias of Klehm.  Their flowers bloom briefly, so come out soon.  You’ll be thrilled by their many colors, shapes, sizes and scents.  Klehm Arboretum is home to over 40 different labeled species and cultivars of Magnolia.  Most are located on and around the East Loop and Wildflower Trail behind Klehm’s Visitor Center. 

Along these paths, you can get aquianted with several hybrids including Ann, Elizabeth, Jane, Judy and Susan Magnolia.  You’ll also find two large Magnolia species, Cucumbertree Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata) and Umbrella Magnolia (M. tripetala).  The leaves on both of these are quite large, up to 10” long on the Cucumbertree and up to 20” long on the Umbrella.

 

Interesting Facts:

The design of Klehm’s logo was inspired by Magnolia leaves.

These beauties have been around for a while. Species belonging to the Magnolia family have been found in fossils dating back 95 million years.

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