Two of my favorite trees are now blooming in Northeast Georgia: the Southern Magnolia which is native to the area and the Mimosa which was introduced from China in the 18th century.

MIMOSA 

Mimosa trees were introduced as ornamental trees and now grow not only in gardens but also alongside highways and waterways and in other disturbed areas.  It is considered to be an invasive plant in some states, but we deliberately planted our mimosa tree from a start taken from my grandmother’s garden.  It brings back fond memories of my grandmother, with whom I was very close, and its delicate, fan-like pink flowers are beautiful.

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SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA

Also known as magnolia grandiflora, the Southern Magnolia is an evergreen that can grow up to 90 feet tall.  It has large, showy white flowers with a sweet fragrance that has been likened to a lemony-citronella scent.

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19 thoughts on “Now blooming in my corner of North Georgia: Mimosa & Magnolia

  1. love mimosa there are few scattered around here, wish I could get one, I am in zone 5/6 I couldn’t believe it when I seen one in someones yard that was full grown and flowering, that is how I recognized it, the flowers, several are near a park near akron ohio and a few scattered, one day I will get one.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. My husband dug up a start from my grandmother’s mimosa many years ago, and we planted it exactly where they like to grow – in a wooded area behind our house. I grew up seeing them everywhere. If I had to buy one I would have no idea where to get one. Maybe you can find someone who has one and will let you get a start from it. With the zones changing, perhaps it would grow in your area.
      Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  2. We live in the Missouri Ozarks– & our Magnolia in our front yard we planted is blooming— & our Mimosa in the side yard is blooming it’s head off—- & the beautiful pink dogwoods you have as your header picture– we just planted a pink dogwood tree in our side yard this year!!!! Awesome pictures!!!!!!!

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  3. Such beautiful photos! I’ve always loved Mimosa trees, but ours bloom much later into the season. We had a huge one in the back garden which was knocked over by a huge oak tree which fell in a hurricane in 2011. The Mimosa is coming back now from the roots. The deer have been nibbling on it, but now it’s growing tall enough again to be out of their reach. We’re hoping it will bloom again this summer. Such ephemeral blossoms. Forest gardens teach patience, I’ve found, and are endlessly interesting places to garden. Best wishes, Elizabeth

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