The 200 species of magnolia are found naturally in woodland, scrub and riverbanks. Their range extends from the Himalayas to East and South East Asia and Central and South America. Many are deciduous with a bush or small tree form and goblet shaped flowers.  They are generally large flowered and fragrant. They are a partcularly ancient genus ( probably 95 million years ago)  and evolved before bees and butterflies and are generally beetle pollinated. The perianth is  undifferentiated being  formed of tepals rather than sepals and petals. There are  a large number of hybrids and varieties of garden origin and we have yet to find out which one this is. Fl 3-4

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