This Tulip Magnolia Tree drops its leaves in Fall and spends the winter as a ghost skeleton in the landscape. In the early spring, tiny fuzzy buds appear on the dead looking branches. The fuzzy buds grow fat and pop open revealing a tube of dark purple ready to open. This Spring, a late ice storm coated the new buds. As these frozen buds dropped off, they were replaced by a pale, light shade of purple. Toward the end of the bloom, the green leaves sprout out. This is a great small tree for any garden with shade. Info below shared from Wikipedia and Google Search. Enjoy!
|A Magnolia liliiflora flower|
|Subgenus:||M. subg. Yulania|
|Section:||M. sect. Yulania subsect. Yulania|
The National Arboretum presents Magnolia 'Galaxy', unique in form and flower among cultivated magnolias. 'Galaxy' is a single-stemmed, tree-form magnolia with ascending branches, the perfect shape for narrow planting sites. In spring, dark red-purple flowers appear after danger of frost, providing a pleasing and long-lasting display. Choose 'Galaxy' to shape up your landscape!Recognition: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Award, 1992.
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