Sunday, July 29, 2007

Magnolia Sieboldii re-blooms!

After blooming prolifically in the late spring (about 27 flowers on a small 5-6 feet tree) the Magnolia Sieboldii we bought in May has formed about a dozen new buds and is re-blooming now. The perfectly formed flowers are a bit smaller but they are better because they face forward rather than down as they did in spring so you can see the dusky pink stamens and the array of beautiful, pure white petals.

The flowers don't seem to last as long as they did in spring, only a couple of days or so but the second unexpected flowering is a gift. I think the warm weather has something to do with the brevity of the bloom time. Or maybe there are lots of pollinators available so the flower is fertilized quicker. Why waste energy to support the petals when its job of attracting the pollinators is done?

This has turned out to be a wonderful tree but I hope it will produce more vegetative growth and establish itself to survive the winter. After this great show I would hate to lose it.


Blogger kate said...

The blooms on this tree are gorgeous. You are lucky to have a re-bloom. The tree is probably in such good health that it is quite happy to bloom again.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate,
I hope you are right that the tree is healthy. I'm concerned that it doesn't seem to be putting out new growth. It should stop blooming in about a week or two so I guess it still has maybe 3 months of growing time left? Magnolias are tough and I haven't lost any that I've planted but I do worry when they don't grow.

Always good to have you stop by.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oh wow, a second rebloom! Ki, maybe it's not showing any topgrowth because it's busy growing a healthy root system and blooming instead? (The former would be a good thing, right?!)

Your gorgeous pictures make me think I really need to make room somewhere for a magnolia tree and some of those beautiful dahlias, too.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,
I would heartily recommend a Magnolia tree or shrub. The Dahlias have so much vegetative growth and are so tall, we have found that they are difficult to place in the yard. A separate cutting garden would be good and a perfect solution I think rather than trying to fit the plants in the existing landscape.

Some of the Magnolias are prone to powdery mildew so be careful which ones you choose. Our Jane Magnolias were very susceptible to the mildew and to the giant Magnolia scale as well so I wouldn't recommend it. If you do buy a tree, do an inspection of the bark to see if there are any scale insects infesting it. Ants are a good indication that there's a problem. Otherwise we haven't had any trouble with the other cultivars. Thanks for the comment.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

The closeup shot of the bloom is great. I love magnolia trees. I had one but the rabbits destroyed it during a winter we had with lots of snow. I guess bunnies have to eat too, but I sure wasn't happy.

7:13 AM  
Blogger DeeMom said...

OH goodness Ki those blooms are Fabulous. Ummmmmmmm what zone? Already thinking about where I could plant one. J

12:16 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks Marie. We have a lot of cottontails here but they only seem to love the vegetables I used to grow. You must have some voracious bunnies in Michigan. I hope you were able to replace the Magnolia. Thanks for your comment.


Hi deemom,
Thanks, Zone 6, although the plant came from Ontario Canada, go figure. My botanical book says zone 7 but I'm sure you should have no trouble growing one in WV.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I lost mine this year. Granted it wasn't the healthest tree but I hoped it would turn around.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Oh Sandy, how unfortunate. I hope you will replace the tree. I am a bit worried now. There is still one flower on the tree but it still shows no signs of vegetative growth. As soon as the flowers are spent, I've deadheaded them so the tree doesn't use its resources to produce seed. The other Magnolias we have in the yard are growing vigorously so I hope it is just putting its energy into setting down good roots.

12:39 PM  

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