Magnolia Tree in a Tulip Tree State


A few days ago, Eva of Eva and Daniel Sutter posted Hi magnolia, with a photo of the young magnolia tree that she has planted in her front yard, in the hopes that it will grow to look like the magnolia tree in Nonna’s (her grandmother’s) yard.  Then, Susan E. of This Old Paper posted two photos of Nonna’s magnolia tree in Magnolia Dreams, one taken in the Spring of 1971, and the other taken on April 6, 2010.  Nonna’s grandson, Luke Leger, of latent chestnut fame, posted Trees in Spring, which featured photos that he had taken of the magnolia tree and the weeping cherry tree in Nonna’s front yard.

This is another view of Nonna’s magnolia tree, taken April 11, 2010:

Nonna's magnolia tree - April 11, 2010
Nonna’s magnolia tree – April 11, 2010

The tree, located in central Indiana, is over fifty years old.  I knew that the state tree of Indiana is the tulip tree (technically the tulip poplar tree), but the beauty of the blossoming magnolia tree led me to wonder whether the magnolia had been adopted as the official state tree of any state in the union.   According to the State Trees webpage of State Symbols U S A, the magnolia is the state tree of Mississippi.  Here is a “Greetings from Mississippi” postcard that pictures — in the bottom center of the obverse — a stylized twig of magnolia with one bloom and two buds:

Greetings from Mississippi - obverse

Greetings from Mississippi - obverse

Greetings from Mississippi - reverse

Greetings from Mississippi - reverse

The Glossary of postcard terms defines a big-letter postcard as one that “shows the name of a place in very big letters that do not have pictures inside each letter”, and a large-letter postcard as one that has “the name of a place shown as a series of very large letters, inside of each of which is a picture of that locale.”  Since each letter of Mississippi has a scene in it, this is an example of a large letter postcard.

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5 Responses to “Magnolia Tree in a Tulip Tree State”

  1. Luke Says:

    Beautiful picture Uncle Lee. I have so many fond memories of that tree; it is nice to see it is as gorgeous as ever.

    • Postcardiness Says:

      Thanks, Luke! The tree has axhieved its peak yesterday and today. This evening is the first time that the Spring breezes are able to dislodge more than a few of the tepals (that’s not a typo), which provide the earth with an ivory and lavender carpet. — Leo

  2. Susan E Says:

    Leo – – Love this photo – absolutely beautiful! And so neat to have a postcard that goes hand in hand! – – Susan

    • Postcardiness Says:

      Thank you, Susan! Once I learned that the magnolia was the state tree of Mississippi, I was able to locate a vintage postcard from my collection that had an illustration of a magnolia on it. — Leo

  3. Magnolia Dreams Says:

    […] Magnolia connections! Eva + Daniel: Hi, magnolia Latent Chestnut: Trees in Spring Postcardiness: Magnolia Tree in a Tulip Tree State […]

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