Magnolias in November

Magnolias  in November
star magnolia--wikimedia

Magnolias may be considered  a southern  tree,  but they are grown here, too. The magnolia is a  lovely small tree, and in the spring the  flowers are exquisite.  There are many varieties of magnolias, such as the star magnolia, pictured.

The Morton  Arboretum  has over forty-nine examples of magnolias. Flower colors can range from creamy white to yellow to deep magenta. You can read more about them, here.

star magnolia bloom

star magnolia bloom

It is the flowers that we admire, though they don’t last very  long in the midwest. The first strong wind and rain, and the ground  is covered with  fallen flowers.

But it is not just the flowers that make magnolias beautiful. They are a fine ornamental tree in the summer, too. The leaves are thick glossy green.   After blooming in the spring is the best time to prune  magnolias, if needed.  All summer, new flower buds are forming on the branches, hidden by the leaves.

Now, in November, after the  red-brown leaves have fallen,  the graceful shape of the magnolia stands out.

In the light, there is a silvery sheen at the ends of the  branches–the fuzzy buds of next spring’s leaves and flowers.


And here are  more November trees.


Thanks to all who have stopped by, thank you for your time and attention. Thank you so much for reading.


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  • Nicely written "flowery" prose. I have a magnolia on the south side of the house close to the windows. What a gorgeous view in the spring!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks for stopping by, AW. Those magnolia buds took my breath away. What kind of magnolia do you have?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    WG, my pleasure. One outside the south windows is a lily magnolia. I also have one in the backyard, a Jane magnolia.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    How wonderful they are, AW. Thank you.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Not a Michelle or Lisa magnolia?

  • This might have happened last year, but is notable enough now.
    There are 3 burning bushes outside my window. One is bright red, oe is sort of green red, but the third is still green. This is on Nov. 28.

  • In reply to jack:

    Greetings, Jack. Yes, it does seem the colors are off this year. Some trees are still mostly green! The unusually mild fall (and frost-free nights) may have a lot to do with it...

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