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Magnolia denudata (Yulan magnolia)

Common name: Yulan magnolia 玉蘭 玉堂春

Family: Magnoliaceae 木蘭科

Origin: China

Location: Summer Palace, Beijing


is native to central and eastern China. It has been cultivated in Chinese Buddhist temple gardens since 600 AD. Its flowers were regarded as a symbol of purity in the Tang Dynasty and it was planted in the grounds of the Emperor's palace. It is the official city flower of Shanghai.


Is a rather low, rounded, thickly branched, and coarse-textured tree to 25 m tall. The leaves are ovate, bright green, 15 cm long and 8 cm wide. Bark is a coarse dark gray. The 10–16 cm white flowers that emerge from early to late spring, while beautiful and thick with a citrus-lemon fragrance, are prone to browning if subjected to frost.



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Taken on April 9, 2007