A highly ornamental genus of about twenty species of evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs. The evergreen Magnolia grandiflora with its massive leaves and large white fragrant flowers is well adapted for planting either as single specimens on the lawn or in large or small groups. The deciduous species, Magnolia acuminata, is a vigorous-growing lofty tree with spreading branches. Magnolia tripetala is another strong vigorous grower which should be seen more often. Besides those of tree form, many species are low-growing, shrubby and very fioriferous, some of them blooming in early Spring before they unfold their leaves. These include Magnolia conspicua and its varieties Magnolia Soulangeana, Magnolia obovata, Magnolia parviflora and Magnolia stellata. The banana odor of the flower of Magnolia moschata is so powerful that one or two flowers will perfume a whole house. Magnolias delight in a warm, sheltered situation, a rich sedimentary loam soil and plenty of water during the growing season. If given these conditions they will well repay any care bestowed on them.
Propagate, about September, by layers or by sowing the seeds, as soon as ripe, one-quarter of an inch deep in pots of sandy leaf-mold under glass. When the young seedlings are three inches high, pot them singly in three-inch pots and shade them for a few days after which they may be given air and full light.