Magnolia denudata, known as the lilytree or Yulan magnolia (simplified Chinese: 玉兰花; traditional Chinese: 玉蘭花; pinyin: yùlánhuā; literally: 'jade orchid/lily'), is native to central and eastern China. It has been cultivated in Chinese Buddhist temple gardens since 600 AD. Its flowers were regarded as a symbol of purity in the Tang Dynasty and it was planted in the grounds of the Emperor's palace. It is the official city flower of Shanghai.
Description [ edit ]
Magnolia denudata is a rather low, rounded, thickly branched, and coarse-textured tree to 30 feet (9.1 m) tall. The leaves are ovate, bright green, 15 cm long and 8 cm wide. The bark is a coarse, dark gray. The 10–16 cm white flowers that emerge from early to late spring, while beautiful and thick with a citrus-lemon fragrance, are prone to browning if subjected to frost.
Cultivation [ edit ]
Magnolia denudata is used as an ornamental tree in gardens. It is similar to other magnolias in that it likes rich, moist soil and should be planted in a location where it is protected from elemental extremes. This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
References [ edit ]
- The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species , retrieved 29 May 2016
- "Magnolia denudata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
- Nianhe Xia, Yuhu Liu & Hans P. Nooteboom. "Yulania denudata". Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
- "Magnolia denudata". Royal Horticultural Society. 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
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