If you have never seen them then you might be thinking I am talking about some early variety of the Southern magnolia
of which movies are made, and books are written.
That seems to be the fate of the most historic tree at the White House, a Southern magnolia
planted by Andrew Jackson and now so ancient and fragile that part of it was dismantled last month.
From the classic Christmas designs embellishing the exterior facade to the lavish arrangements of bright fruit, flourishing blooms, and boughs of Southern magnolia
gracing the interior tables, First Lady Deborah Bryant collaborates with the floral designer.
cones, immature red maple fruits, river birch, persimmon, and eastern red cedar bark, and the golden ethereal southern magnolia
stigmas are featured in exquisitely delicate cover photos.
Following a lengthy essay on the general properties of trees, there are ten chapters on as many trees, among them the ginkgo, red maple, southern magnolia
, and white pine.
But one has to wonder when looking at exotic plants like the Southern magnolia
tree growing in the ground by the pool - a tree common in places like Florida.
As governor of New York he set in motion the necessary machinery for one of the greatest tree planting programs a state has ever undertaken." In addition to the little-leaf lindens that were replaced during the Bush administrations, FDR is survived by a white oak and a southern magnolia
quite close to each other on the eastern (Treasury Department) side of the White House.
A young and cherished Southern magnolia
had lost a major branch in spite of my two mid-storm excursions to knock the gathering snow from its leaf clusters with a broom.Such loss is the legacy of a massive snowstorm that seemed to conspire against woody plants, particularly evergreens, with a combination of a lot of wet snow and wind.The damage takes different but common forms; some of it can be fixed, and some cannot.
The Southern magnolia
, for example, was once limited to a zone from Virginia to Florida, but can now grow well as far north as Pennsylvania.
Florida trees that Pamela Crawford says are wind tolerant include the Bald Cypress, Crepe Myrtle, Dogwood, Gumbo Limbo, Ironwood, Japanese Maple, Live Oak, Southern Magnolia
, the Canary Island Date, and Foxtail Palms.
During a morning ceremony today, Mayor Sid Leiken will dedicate a Southern magnolia
tree to the memory of Daniel Ryan Lindsey.