Spring flowering magnolias are a million miles away from the paint colour “magnolia” which gets its name from Magnolia grandiflora. 

Some have a more delicate pink colour than others.  The buds on this magnolia start out as a lovely deep pink at the base and become gradually paler.

When the flower opens, there is a mass of pale pink flowers with hints of the deeper pink still showing at the base.

Eventually, the flower opens a beautiful “star”.

Whilst magnolias are usually largish trees, this one is very slow-growing.  In my garden it has only grown to four feet in six years.  It is extremely floriferous and a real star in the garden.  Funnily enough, mine seems to flower in two halves, which greatly extends the flowering time. 

This magnolia is certainly not boring.