Magnolia Foliage & Bloom

Common Names: Magnolia, Large-Flowered Magnolia, Southern Magnolia

Botanical names: Magnolia grandiflora, mag-NOL-ee-a grand-i-FLOR-a

Availability: Blossoms, late spring through early summer. Leaves, year round.

Vase life: Blossoms, 5 to 7 days in water. Leaves, 10 to 21 days.

Storage temperatures: 36-41 F

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: The flowers and the leaves of the Magnolia are both valued by floral designers. The flowers of Magnolia are notably large, often reaching up to 12 inches in diameter. They have a distinctive cup-shaped or saucer-shaped form with broad, waxy petals. The leaves are large and leathery, typically ranging from 5 to 10 inches in length. They are oblong-elliptic or ovate in shape, with smooth edges and a pointed tip.

Color: Magnolia flowers have creamy-white petals, which may have a slight hint of yellow at the base. The upper surface of Magnolia leaves is a deep, glossy green, while the underside is rusty-brown with a slight fuzziness. The contrast between the two surfaces adds to the visual appeal of the foliage.

Botanical facts: Magnolia blossoms have a captivating fragrance. The scent is often described as lemony-sweet or citrusy, with a touch of vanilla.

Design notes: Magnolia leaves serve as an excellent foliage base for floral arrangements. Both sides of the leaves offer contrast and visual impact. The leaves are often used a a base in wreathes. Magnolia blossoms are rarely used in traditional floral design. The blossoms are very large, delicate and prone to bruising, wilting, or browning when cut. The season of availability is limited and the vase life is short. Despite these challenges, Magnolia blossoms are occasionally used in high-end or specialty floral designs, especially for events or arrangements.

Purchasing hints: Purchase undamaged and unblemished blossoms. Purchases turgid glossy leaves

Conditioning: Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: While the fragrance of Magnolia blossoms is delightful, it can be overpowering in enclosed spaces .