Thursday, April 17, 2008


Magnolia soulangania

Among the beautiful springtime flora are Saucer Magnolias (Magnolia soulangania.) Many people refer to them as tulip trees, even though they're a magnolia variety. These deciduous trees produce large red and white blossoms in the early weeks of spring, then shed their flowers for leaves.

Magnolias in full bloom on Bladgen and Allison

This particular example of a Saucer Magnolia was photographed on the corner of Blagden Avenue and Allison Street NW.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 4/08


NG said...

My husband and I recently had an argument about whether these were magnolias (my opinion) or not (his). Needless to say, I am the victor and he has to cook dinner for a week. Lordy, I love the Internet.

D.C. Confidential said...

NG: I wonder if I win anything from my mom? She keeps calling them tulip trees and I keep saying they're a magnolia. She almost had me convinced, but then I looked it up online and lo, and behold, magnolia.

As per your comment re: the Internets: AMEN! :-)

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

I've always known them as magnolia, but I love the "tulip tree" name (new to me). :)

D.C. Confidential said...

Fénix: I didn't know this until I looked it up, but there is actually a variety of poplar called a tulip poplar. It has a blossom that is shaped like a tulip, but it's colors are a bit more muted. Who knew?

kunal bhatia said...

love the angle and the little touch that u've given to the first photo!
- Mindless Mumbai

The Artful Eye said...

I have seen beautiful magnolia trees but never one this spectacular and I love tulips.

D.C. Confidential said...

Kunal: Thank you! And welcome!

Andrea: These trees always blow me away, they're so beautiful. It's too late this year, but I need to get out before dawn to see if these have an identifiable fragrance. I'm sure if they do, it's lovely.