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Photos from PoPville – Magnolias Starting to Bloom

by Prince Of Petworth April 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm 12 Comments

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  • wobble

    Tulip Poplars instead of Magnolias (I think)

    • Anonymous

      Tulip poplars have yellow flowers, and tend to be much taller trees when mature. Those look like magnolias.

  • Anonymous

    The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipitera), which is a member of the magnolia family, is also called yellow poplar.

  • sassypants

    At least you’re not calling them “cherry blossoms”

  • Anonymous

    They’re beautiful for sure, and have a very fragrant smell, but I’m severely allergic to them.

  • anonymous

    My friend and I refer to those as the poor man’s cherry blossom.

  • Japanese Magnolias, I think. I remember reading somewhere that Tulip poplars bloom later in the spring in DC.

  • Anonymous

    I love these trees! I think they’re just as pretty as the cherry blossoms. I love when the petals start falling and cover the ground beneath the trees like snow.

  • Definitely not magnolias. definitely not tulip poplars.

  • ElizabethM

    Yup, Japanese Magnolias! They sure are beautiful! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnolia_liliiflora

    Any predictions on the Cherry Blossoms?

  • This is Magnolia Soulangeana (soo-lan-jee-AH-nuh) or Saucer Magnolia,

    –One of our great harbingers of Springtime in Washington.

    A prolific bloomer, it’s low maintenance, regular and recurring every early spring, fragrant and showy.

    It dates back to the 1820‘s when Napoleon Calvary Officer and Plantsman Chevalier Étienne Soulange first bred Magnolia Liliflora with Magnolia Denudata.

    Since then, there are now over a hundred named cultivar varieties of Magnolia Soulangeana some more pink like the one pictured above, some more white.

    Our National Cherry Blossom Festival culminates with the parade down Constitution Avenue Saturday 13 April 2013.

    This year’s festival marks our Cherries second century of the blooming of more than 3,000 trees as our most famous harbinger of Springtime.

    A happy 101st to the Cherries we all share as Washingtonians.


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