February 16th, 2008 categories: NOLA Gardens
The Japanese Magnolias are beautiful small trees or large bushes to have in your yard. They have been in profuse blooms the last 2 weeks in South Louisiana. The small trees will grow to between 15 ft. and 30 ft. high. All the blooms tend to bloom at once, right before the leaves come out. The purple, white and pink blooms are your chooses. You have to buy them now to make sure which you are getting. They bloom like clock work.
This is the one that I have in my front yard growing under a large oak tree. Its most likely 25 years old. Once the blooms are finished the whole tree will be full of light green leaves. Its called a Japanese Magnolia but is not native to Japan. They are really carefree in the humid New Orleans climate and are very pretty with just the leaves. The blooming tends to happen about the time of Mardi Gras. In fact I took this photo on Mardi Gras day.