See, here’s the thing – common names for many plants and trees can be so confusing. Take all of the various species of the magnolia trees, some evergreen, some deciduous.
I won’t get into the taxonomy and the confusion surrounding all of them, even though I’m a biologist. That’s not the point of this post. The point here is that what most people refer to as the tulip poplar, because of the shape of it’s bloom, is really a magnolia.
Actually, all poplars, including the real tulip poplar (the state tree of Tennessee) are in the magnolia family. That’s neither here nor there.
What is here are the images of the saucer magnolia, or whatever you wish to call it, in bud and bloom at the Memphis Botanic Garden on March 10, 20022. I though I’d better get them before the snow storm tomorrow night.