Edith Bogue Magnolia blooming for the first time now.
After 2 years in ground our Edith Bogue Magnolia is blooming. There was only one bud on the small tree. The flower is nicer than I expected it to be with a beautiful but not overwhelming scent. The Magnolia grandifloras I've seen in the township don't seem to have as full a flower...probably they are a different cultivar. In contrast the sweet bay magnolia is much more fragrant but the flower is not as spectacular. Unfortunately the Japanese beetles love the scent and in spite of having 3 beetle traps at the far corners of our property several beetles have already found the Edith Bogue. We are already anticipating next year's blossoms which we hope will be many.