It’s magnolia season in San Francisco


Sone Francisco’s home to the densest collection of public green space of any major city in the United States; each resident is estimated to be no more than a 10-minute walk from a nearby city park. Those of us lucky enough to call home seven by seven have taken full advantage of SF’s natural landscape amid the strict lockdowns of 2020 — a reintroduction with San Francisco’s endemic wilderness. Many still hike, run, bike, every day.

We have redwoods; we’vao bison; we have stairs. And we, too, have “magnificent magnolias” just starting to bloom again at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

“It’s officially the season for beautiful magnolias in the garden, the sun is shining and the weather is mild,” read a tweet from the San Francisco Botanical Garden, celebrating the (very beginning) of the blooming season for this flora. comely. “Things are off to a slow start, but the first flowers are in bloom now. There’s a lot more to come and we’ll keep you posted here with regular bloom updates.

Home to the nation’s largest collection of manicured magnolias, the SF Botanical Garden’s more than 200 trees bud and bloom between mid-January and late March. The more than 63 species of magnolias — a native flora found throughout Asia and the New World — begin to sport silvery buds and saucer-sized pink, white and magenta flowers around this time. of the year. And among the hundreds of magnolias are 49 examples produced through cultural practices to bring out specific phenotypic qualities; note the trees with particularly vivid yellows and pinks, as these are likely ‘cultivars’ – plants produced by hyperfocused cultivation.

In the winter of 1940, the then newly opened San Francisco Botanical Garden housed Campbell’s first magnolia (magnolia campbelli)—a rare species of magnolia endemic to the Himalayas—to bloom in the United States. The sight drew massive crowds of curious visitors and passers-by ogling the large pink flowers produced by the magnolia; the same magnolia is still rooted and living its best life in the SF Botanical Garden.

“See you in the garden,” the garden wrote in an IG posting signal boosting the pink flowers.

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You will, indeed, catch us somewhere in the 55-acre urban oasis very soon. And we’ll more than likely use the garden’s ‘Magnolia Map’ to find these beauties.


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