We love magnolias! Living in Michigan it is always a welcoming sign of spring to say nothing of their beauty and wonderful aroma. It is one of the first blooms in our yard. According to Wikipedia magnolias have been around for 20 million years! They came into being before bees were around so they have evolved to be pollinated by beetles. The trees can live for 100 years.
Magnolias are the official flower of Shanghai, is the state flower of Mississippi and Louisiana and the national flower of North Korea.
In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness. The white magnolia is a symbol of purity, innocence and spirituality. According to the feng shui, the magnolia attracts the energy of pleasure and rest.