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The Natural World – the tulip tree

Monday, March 11th, 2013 | Posted by

March is a magic time in the west county. Not only are fields filled with wild mustard in bloom and acacia trees in flower, but in town the tulip trees are bursting with showy pink blossoms. Those seeing them for the first time often ask, “Are those tulips on that tree?”

Our species is Magnolia X soulangiana, a hybrid developed in 1820 on a French chateau near Paris. It has since become one of the most commonly cultivated magnolias, popular in England and on the east and west coasts of the United States. Wikipedia describes it as easy to cultivate and tolerant of wind and alkaline soil.

The blossoms last only a few weeks, so enjoy the spring color while it lasts.



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Andrea Granahan is our West County correspondent.
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