The Magnolia Tree – A Celebration

By Jessica Oliver, English major

magnolia flowersI’m not a plant specialist. I do however, tend to think that plants are special. When I pass a plant that I believe to be particularly beautiful I think “Wow. What a special plant.” You can imagine springtime is a special time.

Each time spring comes around I notice one particular tree. It looks much like the one in the picture – pretty large with striking white and pink flowers.

You see, having been a native of Phoenix, AZ (a state whose beauty I consider far superior to Ohio’s), I have always believed that whenever I see an incredible plant in Ohio it must be bad in some non­indigenous sort of way. With the little that I know about plants, one thing that I know is that if a plant is foreign it tends to be damaging to the native environment in one way or another.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I bit the bullet and decided to find out the truth behind this tree. I found out that these trees are called Tulip Magnolias and they’ve been here since as early as the 1700s. The best part? This is a perfectly suitable home for them.

I guess Ohio may have some things going for it after all!

This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.


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