The big, bright flowers are synonymous with the South.
Ah, the Magnolia tree. Almost everywhere you go in the Southeast United States, Magnolia trees dot the landscape. In the late Spring, you can’t miss the huge off white flowers and the dark green leaves. Enjoy nature while sitting under one of these magnificent trees enjoy a lemonade or a mint julep. Here are a few facts about Magnolias.
Some interesting facts about Magnolias…
- There are 26 places in the United States called Magnolia.
- Magnolia, Arkansas is the county seat of Columbia County. Growing on the Columbia County courthouse square are of course many Magnolia trees.
- The Magnolia Blossom Festival happens every May (except for 2020 due to COVID-19) where you can enjoy everything there is about the trees, learn more facts about Magnolias and eat at the World Championship Steak Cook-Off.
- Only two Hollywood films have “Magnolia” in the title. The local favorite Steel Magnolias (1989) and Magnolia (1999)
- Scientists believe that Magnolia trees have been around since before the time of bees. Fossils date back over 20 million years.
- Did you know you could eat the petals of a Magnolia flower? There are recipes like this one out there for pickled Magnolia flowers.
- Magnolia grandiflora is the predominant Magnolia tree in the southeast United States.
- Mississippi claims the Magnolia as its state tree and its state flower!
- Check out the Magnolia on Mississippi’s state quarter coin. It came out as part of the 50 State Quarter Program in 2002.
- Since 1894, The Magnolia Bowl takes place every college football season between the LSU Tigers and Ole Miss. LSU leads the series 63-40-4.
- According to Wikipedia, 210 flowering plant species exists under the Magnolia family.
- The tree is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol.
Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!