There are approximately 80 species of magnolia trees in existence. Magnolia trees grow in evergreen, deciduous, temperate and tropical climates. Magnolia tree flowers range in color and, depending on the species, will bloom with large white, yellow, pink, green or purple petals. Though they are usually used for decoration and to produce the aesthetically pleasing magnolia flowers, there are other uses for the tree.
Magnolia trees are often used for decorative or ornamental purposes for landscaping, and grown for the beauty of their flowers. Some species, such as the star magnolia, can be grown in small spaces, such as in large pots or near patios.
Magnolia trees produce hardy leaves that are generally a dark green on one side, and either maroon, gray with a silver tent, or light green on the bottom side. The leaves can be dried and used in floral arrangements and wreathes.
The trunk of the magnolia tree can be used for timber. Magnolia tree wood is hard and somewhat heavy, which makes it a good choice in the manufacturing of doors, cabinets and furniture.
Songbirds, migrating birds and other small animals consume the seeds of magnolia flowers, which provide protein in their diet. Beetles feed on the pollen from magnolia flowers and benefit from the protein intake as well. Like other trees, magnolia trees provide a source of shelter for different species of small animals and birds, particularly species of evergreen magnolias, which last through cold winter months.
Large magnolia trees are well liked for their thick canopy, which provides shade in warm climates. The shade is important for cooling a living environment as well as providing shade for other plants and animals.
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