Bigleaf Magnolia (M. macrophylla) Seed Cones
Collected Oct. 13th Photographed Oct. 16th 2017
In the past I’ve done Magnolia acuminata, M. tripetala, M. virginiana, and even M. soulangeana, but Magnolia macrophylla is a first for me (honestly save for M. acuminata, I’ve attempted to grow all of these listed species only once with varying success).
This was actually the only species Magnolia in Cuddy Gardens that still had seeds in their cones this year! It could very well be that some of them just weren’t gonna fruit this year or had otherwise long since dispersed their seeds. I feel like a doof to not have recognized this species w/o help but now that I’ve seen it I won’t be forgetting the distinct features again.
I stg that once I can make my own plant/seed themed shadowbox I will definitely will have to include Magnolia seed cones among the choice things in the display. They’re just so primeval/exotic in nature it’d be weird not to have some among the plant shadowbox decor.