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>> all the Saucer magnolia blooms and the other blooms are mostly brown. <<
Pretty much every other year here with the Saucer Mags.
I used to wonder why a species of tree, so cold hardy, would be "dumb" enough to bloom too early in our area to avoid killing frosts (half to most years). That was until I heard one man's theory. Namely that Saucer Magnolias are native to Asia where spring comes on more gradually and reliably. Apparently, the eastern United States is the worst (or at least one of the worst) region for "surprise" frosts after warmth has triggered new growth. So, in China, for instance Saucer Mags should rarely get lit up. Here, they do because our springs are more volatile.
Not sure if that's really the bottom line on the subject, but it sounds plausible.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
Last 30 Years Avg. Winter Low: 7.50F
Last 20 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.35F
Last 10 Years Avg. Winter Low: 8.40F
Favorite Palms: Species: Phoenix Canariensis / Genus: Sabal