These trees have been in and around my life for as long as I can remember. I have always called them Tulip Trees. To my surprise and then I am not surprised (because I simply do not know everything) this is a Saucer Magnolia. This variety is also known as the Japanese or Oriental Magnolia. They are not evergreen as the Magnolia Tree is and they bloom in early Spring with the beautiful purple-lavender color on the outside of the petals. They can grow to be 20 to 30 feet tall. That will provide nice shade during the Summer months!
Uploaded: Jun 19, 2016