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.