Several varieties of magnolias can be found in Florida. The saucer magnolia, sometimes called a Japanese magnolia, can have pink blooms or might have white blooms on the inside with pink on the outside. Alexandra magnolias have large, tulip-shaped blooms, purplish-pink with white interior. The “Black Tulip” has globed-shaped flowers of deep port wine-red.
There are several other varieties of magnolias:
- Southern magnolia (Magnolia Grandiflora): This is the one of the best known trees in the state.
- Bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia Macrophylla): Leaves are 18-24 inches in length and 4-12 inches in width. The flowers are large with a diameter of almost 16 inches.
- Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia Virginiana): This small, slender tree reaches heights of 50-90 feet. It is found on low, moist areas or wetlands. The flowers open from early spring to early summer.
- Little Gem Dwarf Southern Magnolia: This plant may be seen at the corner of State Avenue and 23rd Street. It grows to about 30 feet high. Another dwarf form magnolia is Saint Mary.