- Magnolias are among the earliest flowering trees in evolutionary terms
- Today they are only indigenous to southern China and the southern US
- We reveal where to go to enjoy their magnificence this spring
One of the most exciting things about early spring is seeing magnolias gradually unfurl.
First the furry buds start to crack open, showing tantalising streaks of colour, until a sunny day finally causes them to burst open, revealing those astonishingly luxurious waxy flowers in white, cream, purple, pink or yellow.
Magnolias are among the earliest flowering trees in evolutionary terms and were growing in Europe, America and Asia over 100 million years ago; today they are only indigenous to southern China and the…