Young Yulon magnolia flowers look like little songbirds. It is not a flowering plant, but a beautifully flowering coarse-textured tree. This is an ornamental tree, stunning enough to be planted in the Emperor’s garden during the Tang Dynasty. This rare beauty is native to central and eastern China. It is greatly admired and has graced Buddhist gardens since 600 AD. It is the symbol for purity and is Shanghai’s National flower. This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.