Sunday, April 22, 2007

Magnolia "Butterflies" Yellow flowers

Our yellow Magnolia "Butterflies" waited for the warm weather to bloom and therefore suffered very little damage. We went from the mid to high 40's to about a sweltering 80F this weekend. I believe this is the richest yellow colored magnolia and it is a very beautiful and unusual tree. The flowers also have a light scent and has a very nice perfume when you walk by the tree. It is a hybrid magnolia resulting from a cross between M. acuminata and M. denudata.

This is only the second year it is blooming and it's been in the ground for 5 years. The plant was about 2 feet tall when purchased and was mislabeled as Magnolia seiboldii, a beautiful white Magnolia with a red center. I wasn't disappointed when it turned out to be a M. butterflies as the one I planted in the front yard died when it was placed in too wet a spot. I still would like to get a M. seiboldii but I think we've just about run out of space. As it is everything in packed in tight without room to grow. An empty space was thought to be a bad thing.

P.S. The petals of the 'butterflies' are already falling thanks to the unseasonably warm weather. It was over 80 today. The Yoshino cherries bloomed fully in a day and so did the peach and service berries. Petals are littering the lawn.


Blogger Carol said...

Wow, that is a pretty flower! Happy to hear it "had the sense" to wait to bloom!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Carol,
Yes, a very smart Magnolia. It was about to bloom when the cold weather struck but kept itself tightly in bud form until the appearance of the warm, suddenly summer weather we've been having the past couple of days. The not so smart ones like the star magnolia and the Dr. Merrill were all damaged but bravely tried to make a comeback brown dead spot and all.

Thanks for stopping by.

4:00 AM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

Oh, oh, oh...that is GORGEOUS!!!!! Lucky you! I think this one is such a beauty! Beauty and brains! Lol! The perfect magnolia!

You have made my day with these pictures! Thank you!

Isn't empty space a bad thing??! Lol!

4:59 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Gotta Garden, great that these pics have gladdened your day. I was lucky indeed that it turned out to be a 'butterflies'. After about 3 years without a sign of any flowers and only another foot of growth I was threatening to dig it out. Funny how plants seem to respond to threats.

I guess what remains of the lawn after expanding the planting beds is considered empty space so any bit of opening in the planting beds are quickly filled. Leave no space unfilled is my motto and probably most of the blogging gardeners. ;)
We should do a survey so see how many are compulsive space fillers.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Kylee said...

Ohhhhh, now I would LOVE that magnolia! We planted a 'Jane' last spring, and it has some damage from the late freeze we had a couple of weeks ago, but we may get a bloom or two out of it yet.

Love that yellow one, though!!

7:20 PM  
Blogger IBOY said...

Now THAT is just smashing! What a lovely, soft yellow.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kylee, our Jane is just starting to bloom so it will probably last longer than the 'butterflies' with the cooler weather approaching. We had two Janes but got rid of one because it was infested with giant scale insects and was prone to black sooty mold (probably because of the sugar the scales produced) and is one of the few magnolias to be affected severely by powdery mildew. The other one seems less affected so we kept it. The yellow is uncommon and because of that a stunner.

Don, the color in the photo is very close to what it actually is in real life. This is supposed to be the yellowist (is that a word?) flower of all the yellow magnolias. I saw it in a nursery but they wanted $400-500 for a 10-12' tree. I think I bought my 2' tall tree for about $39-49 but had to wait several years for it to bloom.

5:03 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

How gorgeous! I bet it is even sweeter to see since you were worried about missing them in flower after the late freeze. :)

5:51 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim, brief but sweet. The flowers are all but memories now with petals scattered on the ground. It wasn't the cold but the aberrant warm weather that did them in. I worried about the cold not the heat!

7:24 PM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

I had to come see it again. May I just say are lucky, lucky, lucky!!

I know what you mean about how quickly they are spent...the dogwoods this year seem to be hurrying along much too fast as well. Sad.

Did I tell you (forgive if I repeat) that I have a neighbor who has a yellow magnolia...but not nearly as nice a color as yours...hers is very pale...anyway, it was just coming into bloom when it got zapped...I felt so sorry about it...brown, brown, brown...

5:31 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Gotta Garden, hey you're welcome to visit anytime. Just the past week I was lucky, lucky, lucky, again. But I will save it until the plant blooms then will blog about it, it's not a yellow magnolia. How's that for a come on. There may be up to 3-4 different yellow magnolias. I looked it up - there are many more than 3-4. I was astounded that there was even one. Sad to see how fragile some flowers are but they'll be around next year.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Rosemarie said...

I just picked up one of these at a Plant Sale and was combing the internet for more information. I really like the flowers.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought my Yellow Magnolia Tree about a year and a half ago and it was about 4 feet tall.

This is the second year and it hasn't flowered yet. I was concerned that it may never flower. After reading some people's experience... will it flower later? Is the weather controlling it's bloom, or does it take time to establish it's roots?

Like to hear your comments.

9:00 AM  

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