Oriental magnolia

Published 1:40 am Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DAILY NEWS PHOTO/Marcelle Hanemann

The splendid pinks of Oriental magnolias can be seen in yards throughout Bogalusa. The Oriental magnolia is deciduous and loses its leaves in winter. Appearing before the foliage in February, the fragrant flowers are tulip-shaped, 4 to 6 inches across and may be flushed pale pink to purple on the outside and white on the inside. Long-lived and reliable, Oriental magnolias grow 15 to 20 feet tall and need a sunny, well-drained location.