Two of my favorite trees are now blooming in Northeast Georgia: the Southern Magnolia which is native to the area and the Mimosa which was introduced from China in the 18th century.
Mimosa trees were introduced as ornamental trees and now grow not only in gardens but also alongside highways and waterways and in other disturbed areas. It is considered to be an invasive plant in some states, but we deliberately planted our mimosa tree from a start taken from my grandmother’s garden. It brings back fond memories of my grandmother, with whom I was very close, and its delicate, fan-like pink flowers are beautiful.
Also known as magnolia grandiflora, the Southern Magnolia is an evergreen that can grow up to 90 feet tall. It has large, showy white flowers with a sweet fragrance that has been likened to a lemony-citronella scent.