Kobushi Magnolia
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Kobushi Magnolia
D Introduced Photo: Akhtar Malik
Common name: Kobushi Magnolia, Kobus magnolia
Botanical name: Magnolia kobus    Family: Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Synonyms: Magnolia kobushii, Magnolia pseudokobus, Magnolia borealis

Kobushi Magnolia is a small to medium deciduous tree or large shrub. It is pyramidal when young, maturing to a spreading, dense, rounded form. It typically grows slowly to as much as 25-30 ft over time with a similar to slightly larger spread. It is noted for its late winter to early spring bloom of goblet-shaped to cup-shaped, fragrant, often pink-tinged, white flowers, each up to 10 cm across, which open in March before the leaves emerge. Obovate, aromatic, dark green leaves, 7-15 cm long, are attractive throughout the growing season. Trees flower poorly when young, and may need as much as 25 years before reaching best flowering status. Kobushi Magnolia is native to Japan and Korea, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Akhtar Malik Photographed in Kashmir University Botanical Garden.

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