I happened to be making a trip to Cistus Nursery today to purchase a loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, whose photo I fell in love with instantly last week when my mom blogged about the one in her garden in Japan. It’s always a pleasure to be introduced to new and unusual plants while browsing at Cistus, but my happiest moment today was when I lucked into finding an answer to my question about the magnolia street trees I featured last week for the March Bloom Day.
Even though the specimens were tiny I recognized the beautiful blue-toned leaves with their smooth texture, but lacking the waxy sheen of M. grandiflora, and the tags identified the plant for me: Magnolia maudiae. I successfully resisted a very strong urge to purchase one. One of the “most floriferous?” “Fast growing,” yet narrow habit of “8 to 10 feet” wide? Perfect for the urban garden — I’ll take it, but I have to wait until I can find a larger one that would survive possible attack by basketball or soccer ball in my yard. Which reminds me, I better go find a tomato cage to protect my new loquat.