Magnolia denudata (Yulan magnolia)

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    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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