The Magnolia zenii Cheng 'Pink Parchment' Magnolia at Mize Azalea Garden in Historic Nacogdoches.
The fragrant Pink Parchment Magnolia is the first of the Magnolias to bloom at
Mize Azalea Garden, noticeably around February 19th. Seen in this picture, the petals
of the flower are white with a slim pink maroon stripe on the back, narrow in width, slight in
substance and a surface texture that is wrinkled similar to parchment paper. The petals fall forward
and backward at variable intervals along its length giving the bloom a crumpled appearance with an irregular
symmetry. The Pink Parchment was first collected in 1933 by W. C. Cheng on Mt. Boahua in the Jiangsu Province
of China. For details of discovery, history, development and characteristics see the article "Magnolia zenni Cheng: Pink
Parchment" by Dirr, Adkins and Olsen of the horticultural Department of the University of Georgia.
(Next Picture: The Gold Star Magnolia)