This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Magnolia hypoleuca has been mentioned and commended more than once, for many noteworthy qualities. It is late, blooming in mid-June, creamy-white like con-spicua, and moreover, of a scent so sweet that for the want of a truer comparison, I will liken it to the combined odor of strawberries and bananas. I know of no magnolia so delicious, un-less it be the tender M. fuscata. Now all this is a great deal for a single species to possess in the way of delightful qualities. But nature seems disposed to give even more, for the foliage of M. hypoleuca is simply exquisite. I refer more especially to the young leaves, although the older leaves have fine red stems and glossy green on their broad surfaces. But the young leaves with thinner, more delicate texture, show this red in the veinings and even farther throughout the general green to the extent of a faint tint or tone. The result is a suffusion of most delicate purples lined out with red veins. Held up against strong sunlight the effect is greatly enhanced by the translucent character of the leaf. Portions of the foliage in ordinary lights thus assume a curious bronze color, as a result of the mingling of shades, and the distinct white of the under side makes the appearance still more remarkable.
I dwell particularly on the foliage of this new and rare magnolia that I may enter a plea for the beauty of leaves generally. Flowers are so valued and set above mere foliage, that the latter, though in many cases quite as exquisite, receives scant justice. - Samuel Parsons in Rural New Yorker.