About 125 species of evergreen or deciduous trees or shrubs. Buds silver to gray pubescent. Leaves alternate or clustered and appearing as if whorled, broadly elliptic to ovate, glossy, margin entire. Flowers large, terminal, white, rose-pink, purple, some species yellow. Native to east Asia, North and Central America, and Himalaya.
Magnolia: after Pierre Magnolia (1638-1715), Professor of botany and Director of Montpellier Botanic Gardens, France.