Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Magnolia campbellii--PInk Tulip Tree

Magnolias are blooming all over Berkeley, and this one is blooming at the UC Botanical Garden. Glorious to see the fuzzy buds and pink flowers against the blue sky. No leaves yet. It is a big tree (up to 115') with big flowers (10"). Magnolias evolved before bees appeared and are adapted for beetle pollination. Eight species are native to the eastern US. In India, this species was used for firewood, timber and tea boxes.

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