• Creator
  • Wilson, Ernest Henry, 1876-1930
  • Created Date
  • 1923
  • Description
  • Magnolia Wilsonii France. Verrieres. . Date supplied by cataloger. M-18 (Magnolia Wilsonii France) The Magnolia Wilsonii France is native to the Szechuan and Yunnan provinces in western China. In his 1930 book Aristocrats of the Trees, Wilson states that this “wide-branching bush or small tree” is a native of “the mountain fastnesses of the Chino-Tibetan borderland,” and that he introduced the tree back to America in 1904 “where it has been gr... more
    Magnolia Wilsonii France. Verrieres. . Date supplied by cataloger. M-18 (Magnolia Wilsonii France) The Magnolia Wilsonii France is native to the Szechuan and Yunnan provinces in western China. In his 1930 book Aristocrats of the Trees, Wilson states that this “wide-branching bush or small tree” is a native of “the mountain fastnesses of the Chino-Tibetan borderland,” and that he introduced the tree back to America in 1904 “where it has been growing ever since” (Wilson 125). It is a large deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows 20 feet tall and 13feet wide. Its flowers are white, saucer-shaped, and downward-facing. The flowers are 3-5 inches diameter. The white petals (usually nine) surround a central clump of dark rose and violet stamens. These stamens, in turn, surround pale green pistils. The flowers bloom in spring shortly after the elliptic-lanceolate green leaves of 3-6 inches in length. This genus is named after Pierre Magnol, a French botanist who lived between the years 1638-1715. He was Professor of Botany and Director of the Royal Botanic Garden of Montpellier, and is credited with first inventing plant families to classify plants with similar characteristics in his book Prodromus historiae generalis plantarum, in quo familiae plantarum per tabulas disponuntur [Precursor to a general history of plants, in which the families of plants are arranged in tables] (1689). The epithet “Wilsonii” honors E. H. Wilson (1876-1930), English plant collector, who observed this magnolia in the wild in China in 1903 on a plant collecting trip underwritten by James Veitch & Sons, and, in a subsequent trip to China in 1908, collected seeds for the Arnold Arboretum. (http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/d341/magnolia-wilsonii.aspx). less
  • Format
  • Photographs
    Glass negatives
  • Rights
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