The World of Magnolias
Magnolias have a well-deserved reputation as "aristocrats" among landscape plants. Dorothy Callaway here provides an excellent guide to the species, ... Show synopsis Magnolias have a well-deserved reputation as "aristocrats" among landscape plants. Dorothy Callaway here provides an excellent guide to the species, cultivars, and hybrids, illustrated with more than 140 splendid color photographs. A reference of value to both layperson and enthusiast, The World of Magnolias documents magnolia history, culture, biology, taxonomy, propagation, breeding, and hybridizers. The only available book to encompass all the magnolia species, it provides an encyclopedic listing of the more than eighty known species. In addition, it offers the most complete listing of cultivars yet published. The number of available magnolia hybrids has skyrocketed in recent years; this book is the only comprehensive source of information on those hybrids. Magnolias have a long and romantic history of cultivation. They have been documented in the garden as early as A.D. 650, when Buddhist monks planted Magnolia denudata at temples for the symbolic purity of its stunning white flowers. Since most magnolias are highly ornamental, their use in the garden landscape is a primary focus of this book. The author points out, however, that they also attract wildlife, provide cut flowers, and serve for timber and medicinal purposes. These beautiful and useful plants have much to offer the gardener. For all those interested in knowing more about magnolias, Dorothy Callaway's book will be an essential tool.