Magnolia

 

The magnolia, which belongs to the Magnoliaceae family, is a slow-growing tree that can grow up to 30 metres in height, looks beautiful and is often chosen for its large flowers. There are evergreen species such as Magnolia grandiflora with its fragrant white flowers and deciduous species such as Magnolia soulangeana with flowers ranging from white to pink and even yellow in the new Dutch varieties. The name of the genus was chosen by a French botanist, Charles Plumier, in honour of Pierre Magnol, director of the Montpellier Botanical Garden, who introduced the notion of 'family' into botanical classification. In Asia the flowers are associated with the image of beauty, perseverance and dignity, while in North America it is considered a plant that brings good luck.

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