Large, fragrant, white blossoms are only the beginning of the attraction of a magnolia tree. The Magnolia grandiflora, which can reach thirty meters in height (90 feet) and a diameter of about 1.8 meters (6 feet) is a beautiful, elegant looking tree. These trees are often found in parks or high gardens. The dark green leaves are large and shiny and are so rich that florists often use them in flower arrangements. The Magnolia grandiflora is a strong tree that can grow up to a hundred years old. Originally the trees come from Japan, China and North America. The tree is named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol, who first published the botanical classification system.
Magnolia flowers are so popular internationally that they are included worldwide as a symbol for various purposes. Thus the southern magnolia, or Magnolia grandiflora, was proclaimed in 1952 as a symbol for the American state of Mississippi. And in China this tree stands for Yin, or the female side of life and the white magnolias symbolize purity and dignity. The flowers are also frequently used in expensive French perfumes. These beautiful, graceful trees are really ancient, appearing on Earth well before bees did. The flowers of the Magnolia is revered for its graceful elegance, heralding the arrival of spring. They originate mainly from the East, but also appear natively in the Americas.
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