Magnolia Is The Official State Flower of Mississippi. Mississippi Adopted the magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) as the official state flower in 1952. In fact, the state is nicknamed “The Magnolia State” and the state tree is also the magnolia. Mississippi school children were tasked with choosing a state flower back in 1900. They overwhelmingly voted for the magnolia as the Mississippi State Flower over several other native flowers such as cotton blossom and Cape jasmine.
Magnolia blossoms in spring with buds appearing in late March and early April. The flowers are showy and elegant. The bloom is cup-like and appears in colors ranging from cream to pink. They range in sizes and can reach an impressive 15 inches across. Each flower has waxy petals that contrast the tree’s green foliage. State Flower of Mississippi Magnolia flowers is characterized by a strong sweet perfume that is used to make some brands of air fresheners. Although the magnolia flower is impressively beautiful, it has a short lifespan and blooms for only a few days.
By autumn the Mississippi State Flower has dried up and the petals have fallen. The petal is replaced by seed pods that are an important food source for rabbits, squirrels, and birds. State Flower of Mississippi Magnolia flowers produce a large amount of pollen but do not produce true nectar. Pollens have a high amount of protein and are used as food mainly by beetles who are the main pollinators. The Mississippi State Flower magnolia tree has a pyramidal crown that is approximately 80 feet in height with a spread of about 50 feet. The back of the tree is dark brown to gray.
Facts About Magnolias:
- The bark of Magnolia is brown to gray, thin, smooth/lenticellate when young, later with close plates or scales.
- Magnolia fruits are reddish-brown conelike structures, 2-4 in (5-10 cm) long, with bright red kidney-shaped seeds maturing in October to November.
- Magnolia leaf is alternate, simple, pinnately veined and evergreen, 5 to 8 inches long, oval in shape with an entire margin. Very waxy/shiny above, and reddish tomentose below.
- The pollen is high in protein and the beetles use it for food, as the Magnolia flowers attract pollinators with fragrant, sugary secretions.
- Magnolia is also called as evergreen Magnolia, bull-bay, big-laurel, or large-flower magnolia.