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Magnolia soulangeana originates in France, where it was first cultivated by Étienne Soulange-Bodin (1774–1846) who was a retired cavalry officer in Napolen's army. From France Magnolia Soulangeana spread throughout Europe and North America. This Magnolia tree was just starting to come into bloom when I took these pictures the other day. In the third image you can see what I think might be a seed head.
This Magnolia was growing in planter box in the shade.
I'm not exactly sure of the species of this Magnolia as it's not in full bloom yet, but Magnolia soulangeana was the closest I could find. If anyone can think of better match for the Magnolia pictured above, please let me know.
Spotted on Aug 28, 2013
Submitted on Sep 14, 2013