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Magnolia sieboldii (Siebold's magnolia)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia
Subgenus: M. subg. Magnolia
Section: M. sect. Rhytidospermum
Subsection: M. subsect. Oyama
Species: M. sieboldii
Binomial name: Magnolia sieboldii
Synonyms: Magnolia oyama, Magnolia parviflora, Magnolia sinensis,
Magnolia verecunda, Oyama sieboldii, Oyama sinensis.
Common names: Siebold's magnolia, Korean mountain magnolia, d Oyama magnolia.

Magnolia sieboldii is a species of Magnolia native to East Asia in China, Japan, and Korea. It is now grown worldwide as an ornamental tree.
Magnolia sieboldii is a wide, multi-stemmed, large shrub or small tree growing 5–10 m tall. The stalks, young leaves, young twigs and young buds are downy
The leaves are elliptical to ovate-oblong, 9–16 cm (rarely 25 cm) long and 4–10 cm (rarely 12 cm) broad, with a 1.5-4.5 cm petiole.
Magnolia sieboldii flowers open primarily in the early summer but continue intermittently until late summer. They are pendulous, cup-shaped, 7–10 cm diameter, and have 6-12 tepals, the outer three smaller, the rest larger, and are pure white; the carpels are greenish and the prominent stamens are crimson.
After flowering bright red seed pods develop and hang in the tree till ripe.

Photographed at Tupare Public Gardens, New Plymouth, Taranaki  Seed pod hanging in the tree mid February.


The cup-shaped flowers

A seed pod


The seed pod has split open to allow fleshy red seeds to emerge. 

The elliptical to ovate-oblong leaf

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