Magnolia Facts



  • Magnolias are evergreen shrubs, climbers and trees.
  • Magnolias are named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol (1638-1715).
  • They produce beautiful, large, white or pink flowers and are one of the most popular garden plants.
  • Nutmeg trees, ylang-ylangs and tulip trees are all kinds of magnolia.
  • There are over 80 different kinds of magnolia.
  • Magnolias may be the most ancient of all flowering plants. Their fossil remains have been found in rocks 120 million years old – when the dinosaurs lived.
  • A seed 2000 years old, found by archaeologists (people who study ancient remains) in Japan was planted in 1982. It grew and produced an unusual flower with eight petals.
  • The most popular garden magnolia was bred in a garden near Paris, France, from a wild Japanese kind (Magnolia liliiflora) wild Chinese kind (Magnolia denudata).
  • Magnolia trees have the largest leaves .t Id flowers of any tree outside the tropical forests.
  • The cucumber tree – a kind of magnolia – is named after its seed clusters, which look like cucumbers.