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Magnolia soulangeana
Saucer magnolia
Family: Magnoliaceae

A large, opened flower of Saucer Magnolia has a rosy-pink interior, white petals that are exposed, and a faint pink-purple on the most hidden underside of the corolla. The large, fuzzy, silvery, floral and vegetative buds of Saucer Magnolia provide ornamental appeal in the winter landscape. Once the floral bud scales abscise and the corolla elongates but is not yet open, the floral structure has a purplish-pink and white bi-coloration. The trunks of Saucer magnolia (even on mature specimens) are smooth and light gray. Saucer Magnolia, with a multi-trunked, rounded outline, has the potential for a very showy, early Spring flowering display, but is normally cut short in this effort by frosts and freezes that severely damage the emerging pink-white flowers. You can't find the Saucer magnolia on campus.

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