It is in full bloom right now, so I wanted to take a moment to share the view.
I marvel at how swiftly nature changes it’s look in spring.
Did you know magnolia evolved before bees did? Neither did I.
Magnolia is an ancient genus.
Appearing before bees did, the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles.
To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough.
Fossilised specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae date to 95 million years ago.