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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:27 am 
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Hello! Been a while since I've posted here. I'm attaching a couple of pictures of a spring-flowering shrub that was planted on our campus last year in memory of a student who died. The student's mother contacted me the other day to ask me if the shrub was blooming. I think it was a little past its prime, but I sent her a couple of pictures. I don't know what it is and I'm curious...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:09 pm 
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Not positive, but I would bet that it's a magnolia.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:23 pm 
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Thank you--the color certainly looks right, along with the shape of the blossoms. :-)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:51 pm 
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Yes, and the fact that the blossoms come out before the tree is in leaf. A stunning spring display. People around here often call them Tulip Trees.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:50 pm 
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:wink: people around here call them tulip trees too!
After seeing your photo I feel guilty about not having planted the one I bought last fall on clearance! It's sending out a bloom after having overwintered in a relatively unprotected 1 gallon pot. It surely deserves to be planted now and you've inspired me to do it this weekend :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:33 pm 
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It's not a magnolia. Magnolias bloom with their leaves.

It's a tulip tree.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:20 pm 
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Priswell wrote:
It's not a magnolia. Magnolias bloom with their leaves. It's a tulip tree.


It is definitely a tree with the latin name Magnolia.

Not sure what you are calling a tulip tree. What is the latin name? In the UK a Tulip tree is Liriodendron tulipifera.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liriodendron_tulipifera

Many Magnolias have flowers that open before the leaves unfurl. They are called "precocious."

Magnolia campbellii.
M. stellata.
M. x loebneri Leonard Messel.
M. Pinkie.
M. Kobus.
M. Star Wars
M. Denudata
M. x Proctoriana
M. Manchu Fan

To name just a few.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:28 pm 
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We call them Saucer Magnolias, Magnolia x soulangeana
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2452/

The Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, blooms yellow. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1031/

Common names vary and can cause lots of confusion. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:27 pm 
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common names are confusing, but the good thing is there's no real right or wrong.... just confusion. We call the saucer magnolias (m.x soulangeana) tulip trees and the Liriodendron tulipifera we call tulip polplar.

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