I've been in love with the magnolia ever since I worked in the old Biology building on the UBC campus where my lab's window overlooked the courtyard and a gorgeous deciduous magnolia. I spent the last four years in St. John's Newfoundland where I was lucky to get anything other than Japanese knotweed to grow. But now that I'm back in beautiful BC with a new house and a "blank slate" front yard, I can't wait to start growing all the plants I've always wanted to - including a magnolia. The problem is I don't know what type of magnolia I should get! I've done a bunch of research in books and online (I love this forum). Initially I was drawn to the M. grandiflora because of it being an evergreen and, of course, the giant pure white flowers. I've taken a look around some of the local nurseries and the variety I found most often was 'DD Blanchard'. The individual trees, although still possessing most of their leaves, appeared kind of ragged with drooping yellowing/browning leaves (I realize the rusty coloured undersides are a feature of this variety) and not really aesthetically pleasing. Does this variety typically look like this over the winter? Or are these particular plants not really healthy due to being in small pots over winter and would not look so ragged if planted in a more preferable environment? I also read that this variety does not produce as many flowers as other M. grandifloras. The most important feature I am looking for are the large flowers. I'm not completely attached to the colour of the flower (although I would prefer something other than pink) and now after seeing the 'DD Blanchard' I'm not attached to the evergreen feature either. I would really appreciate some suggestions for other varieties of M. grandiflora and/or other species of magnolia in general. I have a large south-east facing yard in New Westminster, BC and would like a larger variety of magnolia, at least 20-25 ft mature height. I also don't mind cleaning up litter, especially if it means I can enjoy those gorgeous flowers. Thank you in advance!