Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Isn't it gorgeous? This is my newest garden member. It's called "Daybreak" Magnolia. The Thundercloud Plum that used to live in this spot is now in the back yard, and loving it!
Once I saw this tree at the nursery, there was no going back, even though I did not go there to buy a magnolia. This is not only a beautiful specimen of the magnolia tree, it is practical, too. The late Dr. August Kehr, a famous magnolia hybridizer, considered it to be his finest creation. The huge blossoms are fragrant and a beautiful rose-pink, which Dr. Kehr named as "light Neyron rose." And the best part of this particular tree is that it was hybridized to bloom in the late spring, in my area that will be late April to early May, so it should avoid all frost damage. Well, this is Michigan, after all, so I won't count my chickens.
My new tree will spread to about 15 feet total ( 7 1/2 feet from the trunk) and reach 20-25 feet tall. I planned it far enough away from the daylily garden so when mature, it will only cast a shadow in the very late afternoon, but will still provide shade for a weary garden sitting with her afternoon tea.
My Daybreak Magnolia is so lovely, I may be out in the garden at daybreak just to admire the lovely blooms in the morning.
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