On May 11, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
This one of the few (if not the only one) species of the Magnolia family native from Brazil, specifically from the Amazon rainforest, where it lives on the lowland areas, subject to periodic floods. This is a tall tree, reaching up to 30 meters, with large, bright green leaves.
The flowers are big, single, with more or less than 6 petals, pale yellow and very fragrant. The fruit is a dry cone that detaches its outer layer from the central axis when ripe, revealing red seeds.
It is very tropical, and its difficult to cultivate even here in Rio de Janeiro, where once in a while it gets too cold for it. It needs a well drained soil, but very high moisture and organic matter. A majestic tree that will not grow in any garden.