This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"The Magnolia Camp-bellii was discovered by Dr. Griffith in Bhotan; it is a large forest tree abounding on the outer range of Sikkim, at elevations of 8,000 to 10,000 feet, appearing on the road above Pacheem, and thence ascending to the top of Sinchul, 8,000, and Tonglo, 10,000 feet; though occasionally seen on the central ranges at the same elevations, it is much less frequent. The flowers are produced abundantly in April, at the end of all the branches, when the tree is as yet perfectly leafless; they vary from white to deep rose color, or almost crimson, and in size from 6 to 10 inches; the scent is faint. In May the tree is in full leaf, and the fruit ripens in October, when a few small and often deformed flowers are sometimes produced. The flowering branch drawn in Mr. Cathcart's collection is nearly twice as large as that represented here. Young plants have the leaves perfectly glabrous; those of older trees are more or less silky on the under surface."