|STAR MAGNOLIA 'DR. MERRIL'...|
|...LARGE, WHITE FLOWERS...|
|...LARGE, FUZZY, GRAY-GREEN FLOWER BUDS|
Several types of Magnolias will grow in the Bayfield climate, the Star Magnolia pictured is located in the alley behind the Post Office on south Broad Street. There are a number of others around town. They are pretty hardy vegetatively, but the flowers often freeze out since they bloom quite early in spring. When they do so, the blooms hang on the tree, looking for all the world like wet paper bags. I remember the look well from working at the Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio, where that routinely happened. I doubt that fully equates the two climates; more likely it says that the star magnolia, Magnolia stellata, which is native to China and Japan, is not a very reliable bloomer in the upper Midwest. The tree pictured is probably the cultivar 'Dr. Merril'. Anyway, such erratic bloomers are O.K. to have around if one has the interest and the space.
But don't expect miracles.
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