Magnolia stellata colour changed after 45 years

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  1. BarberryKay

    BarberryKay New Member

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    My mother has a white star magnolia that she planted 45 years ago in North Vancouver, BC. This year, instead of the usual white flowers, it's now covered entirely in pink flowers for the very first time since it was planted. Could it due to climate conditions prior to flowering? Or do old magnolias revert back to parent characteristics?
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Esteemed Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    That is curious. Are they becoming whiter with age?
     
  3. Moira Mackenzie

    Moira Mackenzie New Member

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    I've had my white star magnolia for about ten years and the same thing happened this spring. The flowers are all pink, and I've been curious about the reason as well.
     
  4. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This is not an answer. I'm finding these reports so curious - several of the 'Akebono' cherries are less pink this year, paler buds and opening white right away.
     

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